Welcome to HIPLA

The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association is an organization of intellectual property lawyers, patent agents, 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.


Upcoming HIPLA events

Other Events of Interest

2022 Fall Institute in Galveston, TX


The Thirty-Eighth Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law will be held on Thursday, September 29th, starting mid-day, through Saturday, October 1st, ending mid-day, 2022, at the Moody Gardens hotel

This is a major continuing legal education ("CLE") event attracting several hundred intellectual property professionals from across Texas and the nation, and is held in conjunction with the University of Houston Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law ("IPIL").  Link to the IPIL event website here.

This year's conference includes:
  • Keynote Speaker: Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; 
  • Diversity Breakfast Speakers: Juliana Garaizar, Greentown Labs; Johanna Nathan, J&J Center for Device Innovation; and Hope Shimabuku, USPTO; and
  • Judicial Panel: including Hon. Derek Gilliland, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Hon. Sam Sheldon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and Michael J. Truncate, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  
Review past programs at the IPIL archive: here.


HIPLA participated in the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 26, 2022.  HIPLA members judged participating entries and awarded scholarships to the winners in each of the Junior and Senior divisions.  Winners are announced March 5, 2022.


HIPLA filed an amicus brief in American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. v. Neapco Holdings LLC et al.  In American Axle, the issue presented was whether the patent-in-suit, drawn to a mechanical product—a drive shaft with reduced vibration—was patent-eligible because it implemented a law of nature.  HIPLA’s amicus brief is in support of petitioner American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., and can be downloaded here.


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 Brandon Hudder and Valerie Moore, the co-chairs of HIPLA’s new Patent Agent & Intellectual Property Managers Committee, hipla.pac@gmail.com

We will also be hosting events in 2022 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.

If you have questions about HIPLA, please contact the HIPLA secretary. If you have questions about this website or would like to notify us about IP events to be added to our calendar, please contact the HIPLA Website Chair.

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