• August 12, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    Hi all,

    I am new to Houston and HIPLA, and wish to introduce myself. I am a pharmaceutical scientist, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri -Kansas City, and a registered patent attorney. My website provides additional information about me. My primary area of interest is pharmaceutical patent law, especially Hatch-Waxman litigation. I look forward to meeting HIPLA members with similar interests.

    Best regards,


    Srikumaran Melethil, Ph.D., J.D.

  • October 04, 2018 7:47 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to this year’s HIPLA Fellowship winners: Vikas Atmakuri and Tyler Wolf! The HIPLA Fellowship will go a long way towards helping offset the costs of their internships at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA.

    Vikas AtmakuriVikas Atmakuri is currently an intern for the USPTO in Alexandria, VA. He is a rising 3L at the University of Houston Law Center. Vikas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering, with a Minor in Mathematics, from Texas Tech University. Prior to law school, Vikas worked as an engineer for Shell, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as well as Express Energy Services.

    Tyler Wolf is currently an intern for the USPTO in Alexandria, VA. He is a rising 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. Tyler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a Minor in Art History, from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to law school, Tyler worked as a research assistant for Space Systems Design Laboratory.

  • October 01, 2018 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    The USPTO is excited to introduce a new Achievement Certificate recognizing law firms and corporations that meet cumulative hours of patent pro bono service through their registered patent practitioners. Also, as a result of the great success last year, the USPTO will continue to provide Service Certificates to individual registered patent practitioners who provide at least 50 hours of service in 2018 to their local patent pro bono program. Both certificates will be signed by Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirshfeld and William Covey, Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. In addition, recipients may choose to be listed on the USPTO website. We hope that your membership will take advantage of these opportunities!

    Patent practitioners are uniquely positioned to help financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses file and prosecute patent applications. Matches are made by local patent pro bono programs. The local programs screen applicants using criteria that include: (1) household income; (2) knowledge of the patent system, and (3) possession of an actual invention (not merely an idea). Your organization’s membership can volunteer through the Inventor Assistance Pro Bono Program. Please see or for more information.

  • July 08, 2018 8:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will host a Judicial Conference at the Dallas Regional Offices on July 31, 2018. The program is intended to educate the public about aspects of Board practice as well as providing a forum to enhance the dialogue between the public and the Board. In particular, during the morning sessions, the PTAB will focus on best practices for written and oral advocacy with a judge panel discussion followed by practicum exercises for attendees.  During the afternoon sessions, the PTAB will address hot topics, such as patent subject matter eligibility and motion to amend practices, through small group discussions.  The conference will conclude with an interview with Chief Judge David Ruschke led by members of the local IP community to explore other recent PTAB developments and potential future changes.

    Please consider attending if you are able to make it up to  Dallas.  There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT 

    Location: Oak Corner Suite at the Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX.


  • May 01, 2018 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to HIPLA’s new website! Take a look around and let us know what you think. It is a work in progress and all comments are appreciated. While you are here, please update your profile in our system (or create a new membership if your membership has expired). Our new site includes an expanded list of practice areas that is searchable by folks looking for IP legal assistance.

    We’ve expanded our calendar. It now includes other IP events in our community as well as upcoming HIPLA events. If you are aware of an event that we’ve missed, or have an IP event in our area that you would like to add, let us know by emailing the HIPLA secretary at

    We are looking to expand our photos section. If you have any photos of past HIPLA events, we’d love to post them! Please send them to our website committee chair at and include a description and year of the event when they were taken.

    We are also looking for additional committee members who’d like to be more involved in HIPLA. If you are interested in participating on a committee, please drop Keana an email.

    In order to make it easier for members to connect with one another via Facebook, we have decided to shut down the HIPLA private Facebook group and instead move everything to a Community page. Please make sure to go to click on the link below to access our new page. Once there, please like and follow the page so that you don’t miss important updates and announcements!

    Thanks for taking a look around our new website and I hope to see you at the next HIPLA luncheon!

    HIPLA President

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