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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HIPLA INVITES INVENTOR OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

The Outstanding Inventor Award Committee invites nominations for the annual HIPLA Inventor of the Year award. The winner will be announced after the Committee meets in June and the winner will be invited to speak at a subsequent meeting of HIPLA. Worthy inventors can only be recognized if our members take the time to make nominations.  For more information and the nomination form, please visit the Inventor of the Year page.

2020 Giles Rich Moot Court Competition

HIPLA successfully hosted a virtual Southern Regional Competition of the 2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition on March 20-21, 2020.  The University of Texas team of Sarah Propst and Michael Schiller won the competition, while the Washington University in St. Louis team of Peter Jochens and Otto Bartsch finished second. The Washington University in St. Louis team also had the best Appellee brief. The University of Arizona team of James Rollins and Amanda Shepherd had the best Appellant brief, and Sarah Propst was selected as the Best Advocate. HIPLA is very thankful for all of the volunteer judges that made this event possible.

UPDATE:  The University of Texas team of Sarah Propst and Michael Schiller finished second at the national rounds of the 2020 Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition. Congrats!

HIPLA's 2020 Annual Judges' Dinner

HIPLA successfully held its 2020 Annual HIPLA Judges Dinner on the evening of Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston. The cocktail reception started at 6:30 pm, and the dinner starts at 7:15 pm.  This year’s keynote speaker was Nobel laureate Dr. James P. Allison, Chair of Immunology and Executive Director of Immunotherapy Platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.  In 2018, Dr. Allison shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work using immunotherapy to cure some cancers.  Dr. Allison’s life and work is chronicled in the documentary Breakthrough, which is now playing in select theaters across the country.  

At the dinner, HIPLA also awarded scholarships to nine students from local law schools. The list of scholarship recipients and information about HIPLA’s scholarship program can be found here.

2019 Fall Institute in Galveston, Texas


HIPLA successfully held its 35th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property on September 26-28 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.  It was the largest intellectual property conference held in Houston.  Attendees received 14.25 hours of Texas MCLE credit, including 2.5 ethics hours, across three days of programming featuring distinguished judges and speakers from Houston’s own IP community and around the country, as well as fantastic networking opportunities.  View our Program Brochure for more information on this year’s program.  Join HIPLA or renew your membership to save $100 on next year's Fall Institute registration fees.  Your membership will pay for itself!  Visit IPIL for photos from the event.


HIPLA’s Community Involvement

HIPLA participated in the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 22, 2020.  HIPLA members judged participating entries and awarded scholarships to the winners in each of the Junior and Senior divisions.  This year's winners were Jasmine Flores and Atharva Nargund.  

HIPLA members spent a day helping teach youth about the importance of intellectual property by hosting a booth at the Scout Fair this year.  Volunteers organized fun activities focused on helping youth learn about copyrights, trademarks, and patents  

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 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 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 2020 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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