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.

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Upcoming events

Chief Judge Rosenthal and Professor Janicke Speak at HIPLA Luncheons

Chief Judge Lee Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas addressed HIPLA members at HIPLA’s December Holiday Luncheon held at Tony’s.  The judge spoke about the recent changes in the district and discussed some of the interesting intellectual property cases that the court had resolved in prior years.  She also provided attorneys with tips on advocacy.  

Professor Paul Janicke of the University of Houston Law Center spoke to HIPLA members at the January Luncheon.  He reported on trends in patent litigation, providing the attendees with his study of patent litigation statistics collected over the past two years.  He explained how the patent litigation landscape was changing and addressed how litigants may be able benefit from these changes. Pictures from both these luncheons are available on our photos page.

HIPLA’s Community Involvement

HIPLA recently participated in the Annual Scientific Symposium at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions.  The symposium serves to provide academically able students with an understanding of career pathways in STEM professions.  HIPLA members discussed careers in intellectual property law with the students. 

HIPLA will also participate in the 60th Science and Engineering Fair of Houston to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 23, 2019.  HIPLA members will judge participating entries and award scholarships to the winners in each of the Junior (grades 7-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) divisions.  More information is available here

2018-19 Giles Rich Moot Court Competition - Volunteers Needed

HIPLA will host the Southern Regional Competition of the 2018-19 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition on March 22-23, 2019. Teams from law schools throughout the south and southwest are invited to sign up and compete in Houston. This is the oldest moot court competition in the field of intellectual property law and the only national patent law competition. HIPLA needs volunteers to grade briefs and judge oral arguments.  More information is available on HIPLA’s Giles Rich Moot Court Competition webpage.

HIPLA files Amicus Brief in the US Supreme Court

HIPLA filed an amicus brief in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharma USA, Inc., No. 17-1229, a case that the United States Supreme Court recently decided.  In Helsinn, the issue presented was "whether, under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, an inventor’s sale of an invention to a third party that is obligated to keep the invention confidential qualifies as prior art for purposes of determining the patentability of the invention." HIPLA’s amicus brief is in support of neither party, and can be downloaded here.  

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, hipla.pac@gmail.com

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.

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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