Past AIPLA CLE Events

The Austin Intellectual Property Law Association has three types of memberships--Active, Associate, and Student. We may also, from time to time, elect judges or other public officials as honorary members.


November, 2017 Venue After TC Heartland
Speaker: Aden Allen, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

October, 2017
Speaker: Judge Lee Yaekel

September 2017 Patent and TM Damages: The Changing Landscape
Prateek Shah and David Harkavy, The Claro Group

August, 2017 In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues
Speakers: Anna Kuhn, Pirkey Barber (moderator), Kelly Walton, Dell Inc., Lori Misajlovich, Whole Foods Market, Shaun Moore, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

June, 2017 A Refresher on the Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Is It, and What’s Happened So Far?
Speaker: Bert Greene, Norton Rose Fulbright

May, 2017 In-House Perspectives on Open Source: A Panel Discussion
Speaker: Chad Anson (Forcepoint), Raghav Bajaj (Haynes & Boone), Umesh Desai (AT&T), Van Lindberg (Dykema)

April, 2017 Intellectual Property Issues in Congress and the Administration: Outlook for 2017
Speaker: Tom Stoll, Legislative Consultant, Intellectual Property Law Section, ABA

March, 2017 Ethics in Patent Prosecution: The Long Arm of the OED
Speaker: Heather Flanagan, Fish & Richardson

Feb, 2017 2016 Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Year in Review
Speakers: Jeff Mills (King & Spalding), Darryl Adams (Baker Botts), Stephanie DeBrow (Norton Rose Fulbright) and Janice Ta (Vinson & Elkins)

Jan, 2017
Speaker: Molly Kocialski, Regional Director, Rocky Mountain USPTO


Oct, 2016
Speaker: Honorable Lee Yeakel (Western District of Texas)

September, 2016 Trademark Update
Speaker: Alexandra Bistline, Pirkey Barber

August, 2016 IP Valuation, a Panel Discussion
Speakers: Michael Barrett (Cirrus Logic), Jennifer Kuhn (Mattersight), Paul Reidy (Independent Consultant, formerly with RPX, IV, and Motorola/Freescale)

June, 2016 Crusaders Against Patent Misuse: IP Licensing Considerations After Kimble v. Marvel Speaker: Erin Thomson, Vinson & Elkins

May, 2016 Disruptive Technologies and the Law
Speaker: Keith Witek, Tesla Motors

April, 2016 Section 337 Actions at the ITC: Past, Present, and Future
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Speaker: Benjamin Levi

March, 2016 Patent "Profanity"
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Speaker: Jerry Suva

February, 2016 Federal Circuit Year in Review
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Speaker: Gale R. "Pete" Petersen

January, 2016 2016 Legislative Update
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Speaker: Vincent Garlock


October, 2015 Custom, Export & Import Rules (Joint meeting with American Corporate Counsel Association – Austin Division)
Speakers: Mike Galdo (AUSA), Rick Shimon (Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security) and Dave Seker (FBI) -

September, 2015
Speaker: Honorable Lee Yeakel (Western District of Texas)

August, 2015 Corporate Rebranding: Tales from the Trenches of Company Name Changes
Speakers: Lesia Skrypoczka (iHeartMedia), Seth Randle (RetailmeNot), Christopher Weimer (Norton Rose Fulbright)-

June, 2015
Speaker: Honorable Robert L. Pitman (Western District of Texas)

May, 2015 "Recent Trends in Patent Damages
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Speaker: Jose C. Villareal, Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

April, 2015 "Cutting Edge Legal Issues In Video Games"
Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

March, 2015 "Dancing with Alice: A Procecutor's Toolkit"
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Speaker: Jim Babineau

February, 2015 "Federal Circuit Year in Review"
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Year in Review
Speaker: Gale R. "Pete" Peterson

January, 2015 "The Patent Trial & Appeal Board"
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Speakers: Chief Judge James Donald Smith


October, 2014 "Ethical Traps for the Intellectual Property Lawyer"
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Speakers: Daniel Bitting and Cindy Saiter, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.

September, 2014 "Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas"
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Speaker: The Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

August, 2014 "Panel Discussion on Recent Supreme Court Decisions"
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Speakers: Jen Kuhn, Lisa Galloway, Rob King, & Anthony Peterman

June, 2014 "A Judge’s Perspective on Federal Court Practice"
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Speaker: U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin

May, 2014 "Sports Branding in a Fast-Moving Game: Trademark, Copyright, & Licensing in Collegiate-Sports Marketing
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Speakers: Jered Matthysse, Craig Westemeier, & Kit Riehl

April, 2014 "Patent Reform – Watching the Sausage Being Made"
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Speaker: Arthur Gollwitzer

March, 2014 "Inter-Partes Review"
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Speaker: Peter Ayers, Partner, Lee & Hayes

February, 2014 "Patent Law Update: Supreme Court & Federal Court Decisions"
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Speaker: Derrick A. Pizarro

January, 2014 "Developments in IP Enforcement at the ITC"
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Speaker: Clark Cheney, Attorney Advisor, U.S. International Trade Commission


October, 2013 "Perspectives of a New Magistrate Judge"
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Speaker: U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, U.S. District Court for the, Western District of Texas

September, 2013
"Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas"
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Speaker:  The Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

August, 2013
Panel Discussion on "Pressing Concerns and Strategies for In-House Counsel"
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Panelists: Chad Anson (Dell), Juliet Dirba (AMD), and Melissa Fruge (Home Away)

June, 2013
Significant Developments in Copyright and Trademark Law: From Jailbreaking Phones to Johnny Football
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Speaker: Joshua G. Jones, The Law Office of Joshua G. Jones, Austin

May, 2013
Do Patent-Related Claims Always Belong In Federal Court?: A Case Study
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Speaker: Jane Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, Austin

April, 2013
Europe United: The Unified Patent Court & Unified Patents
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Speaker: Axel Casalonga, Casalonga & Associés

March, 2013
It’s Here – Strategies for the First-to-File Transition
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Speaker: Brian W. Oaks, Baker Botts, Austin

February 19, 2013
Annual Meeting
Patent Law: A Review of Recent Federal Circuit Decisions
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Speaker: Derrick A. Pizarro, Cox Smith, San Antonio

January 29, 2013
Annual Meeting
Confessions of a Former District Judge
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Speaker: Judge David Folsom, Jackson Walker, LLP


October 16, 2012
Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas
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Speaker: U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel

September 25, 2012
In House Counsel Panel
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Jennifer Wuamett & Nestor Ho

August 21, 2012
An Update on Notable Trademark Law Developments and Trends
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Christopher M. Kindel, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

June 19, 2012
Mediation of IP Disputes
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Karl M. Bayer, Dispute Resolution Expert

May, 15, 2012
Scope of Injunctive Relief for Patent Infringement
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Prof. John M. Golden, University of TexasSchool of Law

April 18, 2012
PTO Response to Bilski
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Raymond T. Chen, Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

March 30, 2012
The New Federal Jurisdiction in Patent Malpractice Cases
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Paul Janicke, University of Houston Law Center

February 21, 2012
Patent Decisions of the Federal Circuit 2011-2012
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Derrick A. Pizarro, Cox Smith — San Antonio

January 31
Update from the USPO - Trademark News and Initiatives
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Deborah S. Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks


November 15
The America Invents Act Download materials (.ppt)
Poll Questions 2 & 4 results (.pdf)
Jeffrey D. Mills, King & Spalding
Dean Munyon, Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C.

October 18
Confessions of a Former Magistrate Judge
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Chad Everingham, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

September 20
Intellectual Property Cases Before the Western District of Texas
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Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas, Austin Division

August 16
Inequitable Conduct After Therasense
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David Parker, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Michael A. Valek, Vinson & Elkins LLP and Darryl Adams (moderator), Baker Botts LLP

Patent Reform Legislation Update
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Brian Oaks, Baker Botts LLP

No July meeting.

June 21
Trademark Developments Including Trademark Bullying
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Christopher Graff, Pirkey Barber

May 17
Random Sampling and E-Discovery: Lessons From the Ancient Greeks and Colt McCoy
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Hon. Paul Grewal, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of California

April 19
Drafting the Best Possible Claims
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Andrew J. Dillon, Of Counsel, Dillon & Yudell LLP

March 22
Federal Circuit Review
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Gale R. (Pete) Peterson, Cox Smith

February 15
"Functional Language in Claims"
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David O'Dell, Haynes & Boone

January 28, 2011
The Inequitable Conduct Doctrine
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John Whealen, George Washington School of Law


October 19
"Joint Defense Agreements"
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Brian Erickson, DLA Piper

September 21
"The Impact of Bilski v. Kappos on Prosecution and Litigation"
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Jennifer Kuhn: Moderator, Robert Kowert: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel P.C., Brian Nash: Bracewell & Giuliani

August 17
"The Written Description Requirement and Ariad"
Guy Birkenmeier, King & Spalding LLP
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June 15
"Recent Developments in Patent Damages"
Bart Showalter, Baker Botts LLP
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May 18
"Trademark and Copyright Issue Recognition for the Non-Specialist"
Susan Hightower, Pirkey Barber; Dana Jewell, Dell; Bill Raman, Wong Cabello
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March 23
"Patent Operations: Updates & Highlights"
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"Worksharing: A Cooperative Approach to Patent Workload Management"
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Charles Eloshway, Patent Attorney, Office of External Affairs, USPTO

February 16
"Venue Selection in Patent Cases Post In re Volkswagen"
Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Reynolds, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
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January 19
"Recent Developments in Patent Law (2009 Federal Circuit Highlights - Year in Review)"
Gale R. Peterson, Cox | Smith
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October 20
"Isn't This Obvious?"
Kevin Meek, Baker Botts LLP
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September 15
"Inter Partes Reexamination"
David McCombs, Haynes & Boone, LLP
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April 21
"Avoiding Fraud on the Trademark Office: Latest Chapters in the Medinol Odyssey"
Susan Hightower, Pirkey Barber LLP
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March 24
"Patent Eligibility After In Re Bilski"
Mark T. Garrett, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
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February 17
"When Oversight Becomes Inequitable Conduct--Have the Evidence Rules Shifted?"
Paul M. Janicke, Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Course Number: 901173044

January 15
"Changing Times: What Does A New Administration Mean for the Future of IP?"
Q. Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Course Number: 901171574


October 21
"Intellectual Property License Agreements"
Ed Cavazos, Fish & Richardson
Keith Witek, AMD
Course Number: 900050393
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September 23
"Patent Litigation Surveys"
Robert Cote, McKool Smith
Course Number: 900049596
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August 12
"Quanta-fying Patent Exhaustion: Impact on Patent Litigation and Licensing Strategies"
Amber Rovner, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Jennifer Wuamett, Freescale Semiconductor
Course Number: 900047647
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June 17
"Perspectives on IP Litigation"
Hon. Lee Yeakel, W.D. Texas
Course Number: 900045488

May 20
"Software, Business Methods and the Subject Matter of Patents"
Brian Nash, Fish & Richardson
Course Number: 900044413
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April 22
"Ethical Issues for Patent Prosecution Attorneys and Patent Litigators Related to the Duty of Candor and Inequitable Conduct" -- Darryl J. Adams, Dewey Lebouf
Course Number: 9000042102 (includes 1.0 hour ethics)
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March 25
"Recent Developments in Trademark Law and the Internet"
Wendy Larson, Pirkey Barber
Course Number: 900040075
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February 26
"Willfulness and Opinions of Counsel after In re Seagate"
H. Kenneth Prol, Vinson & Elkins
Course number: 900039089
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January 29 Annual Meeting and CLE Lunch
"2007 -- The Year in Review in Patent Law"
Bart Showalter, Baker & Botts
Course Number: 900037674
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October 23 CLE Lunch
"New Rules at the USPTO"
James W. Babineau
Course number: 900032659
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July 31 CLE Lunch
Panel Discussion on Obviousness after KSR v. Teleflex
Course Number: 900027829
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June 26 CLE Lunch
"Injunctions After eBay"
Alan Albright, Fish & Richardson
Course number: 900025718
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May 22 CLE Lunch
"Perspectives on Patent Licensing Language in Free/Open Source Software Licenses"
Prof. Greg Vetter, University of Texas (visiting), and University of Houston
Course Number: 900024734
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April 24 CLE Lunch
"Top 10 Mistakes that Patent Practitioners Make"
Robert E. McLaughlin, Fields, Howell, Athans & McLaughlin, LLP
Course Number: 900022976
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March 27 CLE Lunch
"Licensing & Assertion Challenges for Patentees Post-MedImmune"
David L. Fox, PhD, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Course Number: 900021030

February 28 CLE Lunch
"A Room with a View: A Jury Consultant's Perspective on Big Ticket Patent Trials"
Dr. Don Nichols, Courtroom Intelligence
Course Number: 900019186


October 17 CLE Lunch
"Panel Discussion: “Opinions of Counsel & Waiver of Privilege After EchoStar"
Trent Campione, Pete Roossien, and Michael Cannatti
Course Number: 900012515

May 24 CLE Lunch
"Claim Construction Update: Phillips and Beyond,"
David O'Brien (Zagorin O'Brien Graham LLP), Ranjeev Singh, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and Amber Rovner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Course Number: 000099947
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April 20 CLE Lunch
"The Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005"
Susan Hightower, Fulbright & Jaworski
Course Number: 000098474

March 22 CLE Lunch
"Has 35 USC 120 Been Misconstrued for Fifty Years?"
Darryl Adams, Dewey Ballantine LLP
Course Number 000096403


July 2004 CLE Lunch
"A Perspective From the Bench,"
Hon. Lee Yeakel, W.D. Texas
Course Number 000067000

May CLE Lunch
"Inter Partes Reexamination"
Pierre Hubert
Course Number 000065087
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April CLE Lunch
"The Not-So Secret Forum: How the U.S. International Trade Commission Became a Prime Venue for Intellectual Property Litigation"
Bryan Schwartz
Course Number 000063562
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March CLE Lunch
"Visual Communications Throughout Multi-Stage Intellectual Property Litigation"
Jason Barnes
Course Number 000061819

February CLE Lunch
"Protection from Trade Dress and Trademark Copycats"
Trevor Choy
Course Number 000059933
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July CLE Lunch
"Section 112 Written Description"
Peter Ayers
Course Number 000050307
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May CLE Lunch
"Trademarks 2002-2003: Lingerie to Lawn Care"
Speaker: Steve Meleen
Course Number 000047534 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)
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April CLE Lunch
"The Use of Dictionaries in the Federal Circuit"
Jen Kuhn
Course Number 000047023 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)
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March CLE Lunch
"Strategic Role of IP in Company Valuation"
Course Number 000045052 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)

February CLE Lunch
"Fundamentals of Electronic Discovery"
Course Number 000043822 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)
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Speaker: Bob Robinson


November CLE Lunch
"How To Obtain a European Patent"
Course Number 000040729 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)

September CLE lunch
"Covenants Not To Compete"
Course Number 000038113 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit)

May CLE Lunch
"Ethical Considerations in Prefiling Investigation"
Course Number 000033127 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit)
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April CLE Lunch
"Ethical Considerations in Drafting Opinion Letters"
Course Number 000032079 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Ethics Credit)

March CLE Lunch
"Symbol Technologies and the Doctrine of Prosecution Laches"

Course Number 000031219 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit)
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February CLE Lunch
"Taking Design Patents to the Next Level"
Course Number 000029414 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit)
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September CLE Lunch
"Current Ethics Topics-Roundtable Discussion"
Course Number 000023611 (0.75 Ethics CLE Credit)

Markman's discussion of Protecting a Brand Name with IP Investigations
Course Number 000021283 ("Detectives in The Digital Age...")

Professor Nimmer's discussion of UCITA

DSI Technology Escow's discussion of technology escrow)
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Discussion of Impact of Recent Patent Statute & Rule Changes on Prosecution Practice
(1.0 hour CLE credit)
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Panel Discussion of the Festo Decision)
(1.0 hour CLE credit)


Napster and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Course Number 000009692 (1.0 hour CLE credit)

Trends in Patent Damage Awards
Course Number 000008096 (1.0 hour CLE credit)

Judicial Perspective on Intellectual Property Cases
Course Number 000006112 (1.0 hour CLE credit)

Overview of Online Music Issues for the General IP Practitioner
Course Number 000005388 (1.0 hour CLE credit)

Investigating Industrial Espionage
Course Number 000004608 (1.0 hour CLE credit)

Presentation by Commissioner Dickinson
Course Number 000003928 (1.0 hour CLE credit)