Recommends to the board that amicus curiae briefs be filed in appropriate cases and attends to the preparation of such briefs on behalf of the association under the direction of the board.
Annual Federal Judges Dinner Committee
The Annual Federal Judges Dinner Committee is charged with planning and executing the annual dinner honoring the Federal judiciary.
Chair: Tammy Pennington Rhodes
Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
Annual Fall Institute Committee
Plans and executes the Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law in conjunction with the Program Planning Committee.
Chair: Sparkle T. Ellison
1221 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77010
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Plans, organizes, and manages initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion.
Chair: Natalie Alfaro Gonzales
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002-4995
Chair: Ryan Gum
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
1201 Lake Robbins Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Giles Rich Moot Court Committee
Plans, organizes, and supervises the Houston regional Giles Rich Moot Court competition.
Inventor of the Year Committee
Plans and executes the Annual Inventor of the Year award in conjunction with the Program Planning Committee.
Intellectual Property Liason Committee
Liaises with aspects of the Intellectual Property Community outside of HIPLA
Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP
Two Houston Center
Suite 3500, Houston TX 77010
Greenberg Traurig LLP
1000 Louisiana St., Suite 1700
Houston, TX 77002
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
909 Fannin St., Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77010
Law School Relations Committee
Provides liaison between HIPLA and the Houston-area law schools, and their faculty and students, concerning intellectual property law matters.
Chair: Jorge Lozano
Meeting Arrangements and Programs Committee
Plans, organizes, and supervises the arrangements, program speakers, and management of the meetings, dinners, and other functions of the Association, subject to the approval of the President.
Promotes and encourages new members to join the Association and organizes and distributes an annual pictorial directory of members.
Patent Agents & Intellectual Property Managers Committee
Plans, organizes, and manages events for patent agents, patent attorneys practicing as a patent agent or manager, and non-registered patent professionals that primarily work in patent preparation, prosecution, and portfolio management.
Co-Chair: Brandon Hudder
Receives, reviews, and recommends worthy applications from students at local Law Schools wishing to receive scholarships who have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law. Also receives, reviews, and recommends worthy applications from applicants wishing to receive fellowships to work as interns in the Houston offices of a U.S. District Court Judge or a U.S. Magistrate Judge, at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Science Fair Committee
Organizes members of the Association to serve as judges for the international and local Science Engineering Fair, provides for appropriate Association award(s), and arranges an appropriate ceremony for the presentation of the award(s).
Chair: Varsha Pednekar, Ph.D.
Cantor Colburn LLP
2603 Augusta Drive STE 1270
Houston, TX 77057
Website and Social Media Committee
Leverage technology to manage communications between HIPLA, its members and the public at large.
Chair: Matthew Prater
SABIC Americas, Inc.
2500 CityWest Blvd.
Houston, TX 77042