Upcoming events

    • October 24, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pitch 25, 2120 Walker St., Houston, TX 77003

    HIPLA Fall Happy Hour!

    Come join members of HIPLA for drinks and food. 

    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    5 – 8 PM

    Please RSVP!

    Pitch 25 Social Club

    Pitch 25

    2120 Walker St.

    Houston, TX 77003

          Sponsored by Bob Shanley of F-O-R-T-U-N-E Personnel Consultants of Houston, Inc.

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    • November 07, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Houston Club, 910 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002


    The Twenty-Sixth Annual Fall Lecture


    Sarah Burstein

    Sarah Burstein

    Professor of Law
    University of Oklahoma College of Law

    Click here for Professor Burstein's faculty listing

    Toward a Normative Theory of Design Patents

    The United States has granted patents for ornamental designs since 1842 but there are still few explanations for—let alone any clear consensus about—why, exactly, the system exists and what its goals should be. Now that high-profile cases like Apple v. Samsung have put the U.S. design patent system back in the spotlight and put millions of dollars on the line, it is more important than ever to figure out what we want this system to do, if anything. Should the goal be to deter any and all copying in the design space? To encourage the subjective expression of designers? To incentivize any and all types of design? Do we even need design patents at all?

    This talk will provide a brief history of the U.S. design patent system and examine some of the various normative justifications that have been suggested in recent years. It will then present a new working theory for how we might justify the design patent system and explore some of the implications of that theory.

    Thursday, November 7, 2019
    5:30 pm Reception
    6:15 pm Lecture

    Post-lecture reception with heavy appetizers and drinks

    The Houston Club
    910 Louisiana
    Houston, TX 77002

    To RSVP, email ipil@uh.edu 
    One hour of CLE credit

    Download Lecture Brochure

    • November 18, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Buffalo Bayou Brewery, 2101 Summer St, Houston, TX 77007
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    Please join HIPLA for an evening with the USPTO to discuss "The IP of Alcohol"

    Dan Vavonese, Group Director for the Trademark Law Offices, and Hope Shimabuku, Director of Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will be on hand to discuss the challenges and strategies for protecting IP rights for alcohol.

    Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

    Registration begins at 5:00 pm -- Discussion begins at 6:00 pm 


    Place online reservation  


    $25.00/person for members of HIPLA
    $35.00/person for guests
    $15.00/person for law student members of HIPLA


    Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

    2101 Summer St.

    Houston, TX 77007

    For more information contact Sparkle Ellison at sellison@boulwarevaloir.com

    Reservation Policy:

    Registration (for individuals and groups) must be done on-line and payment must be made by credit card through the secure HIPLA website. All members and their guests are encouraged to register early so that an accurate count of attendees is available. Registrations may be limited to space available at the chosen venue. Phone and facsimile reservations are not accepted. Members may invite guests, but are requested to include their name when responding with reservation information.


    Reservations must be cancelled by 10:00 am three business days prior to the event.  Email cancellations to Sparkle Ellison at sellison@boulwarevaloir.com. You are responsible for payment of any reservation not canceled before 10:00 am three days in advance of the event.


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