Welcome to HIPLA
The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association is an organization of intellectual property lawyers and law student affiliates primarily in the Houston. Texas area. Through regular meetings, sponsored CLE opportunities, and amicus briefs, HIPLA promotes the development and understanding of intellectual property law.
The 34th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property will be held in Galveston at Moody Gardens from September 27-29. In association with the University of Houston’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law, we have an exciting program this year featuring practical pointers on IP litigation and prosecution strategies, a judicial panel, and our keynote speaker: Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri School of Law. Sponsorships for this event are still available. Please contact Tammy Rhodes for details.
Welcome to the New Website
Welcome to HIPLA’s new website! Take a look around and let us know what you think. It is a work in progress and all comments are appreciated. While you are here, please update your profile in our system (or renew if your membership has expired). Our new site includes an expanded list of practice areas that is searchable by folks looking for IP legal assistance.
We’ve expanded our calendar. It now includes other IP events in our community as well as upcoming HIPLA events. If you are aware of an event that we’ve missed, or have an IP event in our area that you would like to add, let us know by emailing the HIPLA secretary.
We are looking to expand our photos section. If you have any photos of past HIPLA events, we’d love to post them! Please send them to our website committee chair and include a description and year of the event when they were taken.
We are also looking for additional committee members who’d like to be more involved in HIPLA. If you are interested in participating on a committee, please drop Keana an email.
In order to make it easier for members to connect with one another via Facebook, we have decided to shut down the HIPLA private Facebook group and instead move everything to a Community page. Please make sure to go to click on the link below to access our new page. Once there, please like and follow the page so that you don’t miss important updates and announcements!
Thanks for taking a look around our new website and I hope to see you at the next HIPLA luncheon!
Calling All Patent Agents
Registered Patent Agents, Patent Engineers*, Technical/Scientific Advisors*, and Intellectual Property Managers*: We want to hear from you! What can HIPLA do for you? What would you like to see more of from the organization? What events and activities would benefit you? Please send your ideas/suggestions to Parul Anderson, the chair of HIPLA’s new Patent Agent Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be hosting a luncheon in early Fall 2018 specifically targeting patent agents to discuss your ideas and to network with your peers. More details to come soon!
*HIPLA membership is limited to registered patent agents and attorneys in good standing with any state bar who practice IP law; student and retired status memberships are also available.
2018 HIPLA Fellowship Recipients
Congratulations to this year’s HIPLA Fellowship winners: Vikas Atmakuri and Tyler Wolf! The HIPLA Fellowship will go a long way towards helping offset the costs of their internships at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA.
Vikas Atmakuri is currently an intern for the USPTO in Alexandria, VA. He is a rising 3L at the University of Houston Law Center. Vikas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, with a Minor in Mathematics, from Texas Tech University. Prior to law school, Vikas worked as an engineer for Shell, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as Express Energy Services.
Tyler Wolf is currently an intern for the USPTO in Alexandria, VA. He is a rising 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. Tyler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a Minor in Art History, from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to law school, Tyler worked as a research assistant for Space Systems Design Laboratory.