Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law

 

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COMMITMENT TO TEACHING EXCELLENCE

THE INSTITUTE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION LAW is built around the talents of its teachers. Four full-time faculty with outstanding credentials and a remarkable body of published work constitute the core of the program. To complement their perspectives, the Institute affiliates regular faculty in related areas and secures leading experts from legal and corporate environments to serve as adjunct faculty. Synthesizing textbook studies with real-world case studies gives students a solid understanding of fundamental principles—and a first-person appreciation of how to apply them to maximum effect.

FULL-TIME IPIL FACULTY

Paul Janicke

PAUL M. JANICKE HIPLA Professor of Law

B.E.E., Manhattan College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., George Washington University

A recognized expert on patent litigation, Professor Janicke clerked at the U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals in Washington, D.C., from 1969 to 1971 before joining the intellectual property firm of Arnold, White & Durkee, where he later served as managing partner. Professor Janicke joined the UH Law Center faculty in 1992.

SUBJECTS: Patent Law, Patent Remedies and Defenses, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Military Law, and Evidence

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Lake Michigan Water Diversion: A Brief Legal History (2014), at www.watercases.org; The Patent Infringement Cases on Wastewater Treatment in the Great Lakes Region (2014), at www.watercases.org; An Interim Proposal for Fixing Ex Parte Patent Reexamination's Messy Side, 4 HLRe 43 (2013); The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: Now a Strengthened Traffic Cop for Patent Venue, 32 Rev. Litig. 497 (2013); Overview of the New Patent Law of the United States, 21 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 63 (2013); The Patent Malpractice Thicket, or Why Justice Holmes Was Right, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 437 (2012); Modern Patent Litigation (3rd ed. 2012); A Need for Clearer Language About Patent Law,11 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 457 (2012); A Commentary on the New United States Patent Law, 60 Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht Internationaler Teil 887 (2011); Implementing the Adequate Remedy at Law: Relief Against Ongoing Patent Infringement When an Injunction is Denied, 51 Idea: The Journal of Intellectual Property Law 163 (2011); Venue Transfers from the Eastern District of Texas: Case by Case or an Endemic Problem?, Landslide 16 (March-April 2010); Patent Venue and Convenience Transfer: New World or Small Shift?, 11 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 1 (2009); Die Reform des U.S. Patentrechts im Jahr 2007, 56 Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht Internationaler Teil 791 (2007); Patent Jury Verdicts: Myths and Realities, Intellectual Property Today (July 2007) 18; Who Wins Patent Infringement Cases?, 34 Aipla Q.J. 1 (2006); Four Key Points in the Current Patent Reform Effort in the United States, 5 Icfai J. Intell. Prop. Rts. 14 (Hyderabad, India, 2006).

For more information, visit Professor Janicke’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Craig Joyce

CRAIG JOYCE Andrews Kurth Professor of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Stanford University

Professor Joyce is the lead author of the widely used casebook, Copyright Law (8th ed. 2010). His articles on copyright history and doctrine have appeared in numerous journals, including the Emory, Harvard, Houston, Michigan, UCLA, and Vanderbilt law reviews, and are cited regularly by the federal appellate courts. He edited The Majesty of the Law (2003) for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Professor Joyce practiced law at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix before entering academia in 1981, and has taught at the UH Law Center since 1986. Besides his duties at the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law since 1991, he has served as both Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Special Programs. He taught at the Institute on Chinese Law & Business in Beijing in Summer 2011 and 2012.

SUBJECTS: Copyright, Advanced Copyright Seminar, American Legal History, Torts

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Copyright Law (10th ed. forthcoming 2016) (lead author); Law Review: The First Fifty Years of Hous. L. Rev. (2014); Copyright Law (9th Ed. 2013, with Leaffer, Jaszi, Ochoa & Carroll); Enduringly Great, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1541 (2013); The Great Leap Forward, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1255 (2013); Centered, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 1027 (2013); Carry on Boldly, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 689 (2012); Driven, 50 Hous. L. Rev. 257 (2012); The Statute of Anne: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 47 Hous. L. Rev. 779 and 1013 (2011); Intellectual Property in the United States, in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (S. Katz ed., 2009); multiple entries in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (R. Newman ed., 2009); A Unified Theory of Copyright, by L. Ray Patterson & Stanley H. Birch, Jr. (Craig Joyce ed. 2009), originally published in 46 Hous. L. Rev. 215 (2009); Copyright in Context, 44 Hous. L. Rev. 815 (2007); Lazy B and the Nation's Court: Pragmatism in Service of Principle, 119 Harv. L. Rev. 1257 (2006); A Good Judge, 30 J. S. Ct. Hist. 100 (2006); A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature, 43 Hous. L. Rev. 325 (2005); "The Story of Wheaton v. Peters," in Intellectual Property Stories (Ginsburg & Cooper eds., 2005); The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice (2003, hardcover ed. 2003 & paperback ed. 2004) (written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and edited by Professor Joyce).

For more information, visit Professor Joyce’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Sapna Kumar

SAPNA KUMAR Assistant Professor of Law

B.S. (Mathematics), B.A. (Philosophy), University of Texas- Austin; J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kumar is a rising patent law scholar currently working at the intersection of public law and patents. She is also the 2012-2013 recipient of the Law Center's Faculty of the Year Award and the University's Teaching Excellence Award. From 2003 to 2006, she practiced intellectual property litigation in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Pattishall McAuliffe. She then spent two years at Duke University Law School, where she was a faculty fellow and part of the Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. While at Duke, Professor Kumar taught a seminar in open-source software licensing. After completing her fellowship, Professor Kumar clerked for the Honorable Judge Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

SUBJECTS: Patent Law, Administrative Law, Property

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Regulating Digital Trade, 67 Fla. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015); Gene Patents and Patient Rights, 35 Whittier L. Rev. 363 (2014) (solicited essay); Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Genetic Information, 65 Ala. L. Rev. 625 (2014); The Accidental Agency?, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 229 (2013); Expert Court, Expert Agency, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1547 (2011); The Bilski Decision: What Does It Mean for the Future of Business Method and Software Patents?, Computer L. Rev. Int'l (April 2010); 2009 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Panel Discussion: An Uncomfortable Fit?: Intellectual Property Policy and the Administrative State (with Murray, Mazzone, Travis & Abdelkhalik), 14 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 441 (2010); The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 529 (2009); Proprietary Science, Open Science, and the Role of Patent Disclosure: The Case of Zinc Finger Proteins, 27 Nature Biotechnology 140 (2009) (with Rai, Chandrasekharan & Valley); GPL Version 3's DRM and Patent Clauses Under German and U.S. Law, Computer L. Rev. Int'l (April 15, 2008) (with Koglin); Synthetic Biology: The Intellectual Property Puzzle, 85 U. Texas L. Rev. 1745 (2007) (with Rai); Enforcing The GPL, 2006 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y 1

For more information, visit Professor Kumar’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Jacqueline Lipton

JACQUELINE D. LIPTON Baker Botts Professor of Law

B.A. (Melb.), B.A. (Hons.) (La Trobe), LL.B. (Hons) (Melb.), LL.M. (Monash), LL.M. (Cantab.), Ph.D. (Griffith), Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Professor Lipton is a recognized expert in the fields of cyberlaw, intellectual property law, and comparative/international commercial law. She has served on the faculties of major research universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to that, she worked for two major Australian commercial law firms as well as inhouse counsel at a major Australian bank. She is the co-author of one of the leading cyberlaw casebooks on the U.S. market as well as several sole-authored monographs on digital technology and the law.

SUBJECTS: Internet Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property Law, and Data Privacy

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property (2 ed. forthcoming 2015, with G. Moohr & I. Manta); The Right to be Forgotten: A Comparative Study (forthcoming 2015 in Ky. L. J., with P. Sánchez Abril); Rethinking Cyberlaw (2015); Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation, 109 Nw. U. L. Rev. 383 (2015, with J. Tehranian); Copyright and the Commercialization of Fanfiction, 52 Hous. L. Rev. 425 (2014); A Taxonomy of Digital Borrowing: Copyright, Derivative Works and Plagiarismin Self-Publishing, 24 Fordham Intell. Prop., Media & Ent. L. J. 951 (2014); Copyright, Plagiarism, and Emerging Norms in Digital Publishing, 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 585 (2014); Digital Video Streaming in the United States Supreme Court: American Broadcasting Commission v. Aereo, 88 Australian L.J. 302 (2014); Speech for Sale: Commerce and Free Speech in ICANN's new gTLD Process, 87 Australian L.J. 24 (2013); Cyber-Bullying and the First Amendment, 14 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 99 (2012); Imperatives of Private Arbitration in International Intellectual Property Disputes, 24 Singapore Acad. L.J. 978 (2012, with M. Wong); Online Gripesite and ICANN's new gTLD Process, 25 Intell. Prop. J. 195 (2012, with M. Wong); The Law of the Intermediated Information Exchange, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 1337 (2012); Trademarks and Free Speech in ICANN's new gTLD Process, 38 Monash L. Rev. 188 (2012, with M. Wong); Combating Cyber-Victimization, 26 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1103 (2011); Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property, and Restitution, 23 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 447 (2010) (selected as one of best IP articles of 2010 and reprinted in Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 2011); Copyright's Twilight Zone: Digital Copyright Lessons from the Vampire Blogosphere, 70 Md. L. Rev. 1 (2010); Mapping Online Privacy, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 477 (2010) (solicited for symposium edition); "We, the Paparazzi": Developing a Privacy Paradigm for Digital Video, 95 Iowa L. Rev. 919 (2010); Cyberspace Law, Cases and Materials (3d ed. 2010, with R. Ku); Internet Domain Names, Trademarks and Free Speech (2010).

For more information, visit Professor Lipton's web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Raymond Nimmer

RAYMOND T. NIMMER Dean Emeritus and Leonard H. Childs Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Valparaiso University

Professor Nimmer is the author of over 20 books and numerous articles. Most recently, he has updated five major treatises: The Law of Computer Technology; Drafting Effective Contracts; The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions; Information Law; and Modern Licensing Law. He is a frequent speaker at programs worldwide in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, business, and technology law. He was the Co-Reporter of the Drafting Committee on Revision of U.C.C. Article 2 and the Reporter of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). He has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. State Department. He is listed in the International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers, as well as Who's Who in Law, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America in numerous categories.

SUBJECTS: Information Law, Internet Law, Digital Transactions, and Commercial Law

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: The Law of Computer Technology (4th ed. 2009, updated 2015); Drafting Effective Contracts (2004, updated 2015, with
R. Feldman); The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003, updated 2015, with H. Towle); Information Law (1996, updated 2015); Modern Licensing Law (2014 ed., with J. Dodd); The Misuse of Fair Use: Google Books and Other Transformative Purpose Cases, Intellectual Property Law Institute 2014; Issues in Modern Licensing of Factual Information and Databases, in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Licensing ( J. De Werra ed., 2013); Interaction of Contract and Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Law Institute (David Bender & Robert P. Taylor ed., 2012); Data Privacy, Protection and Security Law (2012, with H. Towle); Content Creators, Social Media and Online Protection, Intellectual Property Law Institute 2011; Information Wars and the Challenges of Content Protection in Digital Contexts,13 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 824 (2011); Copyright First Sale and the Over-Riding Role of Contract, 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 101 (2011); Licensing of Information Assets: Cases and Materials (2d ed. 2010); Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, in 10 Uniform Commercial Code Series (W. Hawkland ed. 1932, Supp. 2010); Licensing Information Assets in the New Economy: A Pro-Rights Perspective, Indian J. L. & Tech. (Bangalore, India 2008); An Essay on Article Two's Irrelevance to Licensing Agreements, 40 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 235 (2007); The Legal Landscape of Electronic Commerce: Redefining Contract Law in an Information Era, 23 J. Cont. L. 10 (2007); Commercial Transactions: Secured Financing, Cases, Materials, Problems (3d ed. 2003, with I. Hillinger & M. Hillinger).

For more information, visit Dean Nimmer’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Vetter

GREG R. VETTER Law Foundation Professor of Law

B.S.E.E., University of Missouri-Rolla; M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.B.A., Rockhurst University; J.D., Northwestern University

Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property as applied to software and the business of software, with particular emphasis on free and open source software. Prior to law school, he gained extensive business expertise in software design, management, and marketing through nine years of work experience in the software industry. After several years in law practice, he clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., before joining the Law Center in 2002.

Besides his duties at the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law since 2002, he has been an invited visitor teaching intellectual property law at three other law schools in that time frame: University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2006-07); University of Washington School of Law (Fall 2010); Texas A&M University School of Law (Spring 2015).

SUBJECTS: Digital Transactions, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Internet Law, International Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Strategy & Management, Licensing, Patent Law, Property, and Trademark Law

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming 2015) (patent law chapters author); Deleveraging the Software License in Health Information Technology (work in progress); Are Prior User Rights Good for Software?, 73 Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 251 (2015); A Public Domain Approach to Free and Open Source Software?, 75 Ohio St. L.J. Furthermore 8 (2014); Patent Law's Unpredictability Doctrine & the Software Arts, 76 Mo. L. Rev. 763 (2011); Patenting Cryptographic Technology, 84 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 757 (2010); Commercial Free and Open Source Software: Knowledge Production, Hybrid Appropriability, and Patents, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2087 (2009); Slouching Toward Open Innovation: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Electronic Health Information, 30 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 179 (2009); Claiming Copyleft in Open Source Software: What If the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL)Had Been Patented?, 2008 Mich. St. L. Rev. 279; Open Source Licensing & Scattering Opportunism in Software Standards, 48 B.C. L. Rev. 225 (2007); Exit & Voice in Free & Open Source Software Licensing: Moderating the Rein over Software Users, 85 Or. L. Rev. 183 (2006); "Infectious" Open Source Software: Spreading Incentives or Promoting Resistance?, 36 Rutgers L.J. 53 (2005); The Collaborative Integrity of Open Source Software, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 563 (2004).

For more information, visit Professor Vetter’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/gvetter/

AFFILIATED FACULTY

LEONARD M. BAYNES

LEONARD M. BAYNES, Dean and Professor of Law

B.S., New York University; M.B.A., J.D., Columbia University

Dean Baynes joined the Law Center in 2015, bringing a national reputation as a communications law scholar, with specializations in business, media, and diversity issues. He has written more than 25 law review articles. His co-authored casebook, Telecommunications Law: Convergence and Competition, will appear shortly.

Darren Bush

DARREN BUSH, Professor of Law

B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., J.D., University of Utah

Professor Bush previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, with attention to state deregulation of electric utilities as well as mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. He teaches Antitrust, Regulated Industries, Law & Economics, and Administrative Law.

SETH CHANDLER, Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chandler is a leader in the emerging scholarly discipline of law and computation, where his scholarship uses computational modeling to better understand such areas of interest as insurance law, health law, economic analysis of law, and contracts. At UH, he teaches Computational Law, which includes various methods applied to the effect and operation of IP law.

Anthony Chase

ANTHONY R. CHASE, Associate Professor of Law

B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chase, a former telecom industry executive, has served as Deputy Chairman of the Regional Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch. He teaches Communications Law, Entrepreneurship, and Contracts at the Law Center, and also teaches in the UH Bauer College of Business’s top-ranked Entrepreneurship Program.

Richard Dole

RICHARD F. DOLE, Bobby Wayne Young Professor of Consumer Law

A.B., Bates College; LL.B., LL.M., Cornell University; S.J.D., University of Michigan

Professor Dole assisted in drafting both the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. His recent scholarship concerns remedies under the UTSA. Professor Dole’s teaching interests include Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Creditors’ Rights, and Unfair Competition.

Barbara Evans

BARBARA EVANS, Professor of Law and George Butler Research Professor and Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law

B.S.E.E., University of Texas at Austin (with Honors); M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Evans’s research interests include genomic and translational medicine, tissue banking, healthy data privacy, and biotechnology regulation. A member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics, at the UH Law Center she teaches Biotechnology and the Law.
Peter Linzer

PETER LINZER, Professor of Law

A.B., Cornell University; J.D., Columbia University

Professor Linzer has served as Reviser, Corbin on Contracts (Interpretation) and Editorial Reviser of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts. In addition to advanced contract drafting (including domestic and international IPIL-related documents), he teaches Constitutional Law and First Amendment, with research interests in free speech rights and Internet neutrality.

Geraldine Szott Moohr

GERALDINE SZOTT MOOHR, Alumnae Professor of Law

B.S., University of Illinois; M.S., Bucknell University; J.D., The American University

Professor Moohr is one of the nation’s leading scholars in federal criminal law, particularly fraud and white collar crime, and is the author of the path-breaking new casebook, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information. She teaches Property Crime in the Information Age.
Michael Olivas

MICHAEL A. OLIVAS, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance

B.A., Pontifical College Josephinum; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University; J.D., Georgetown University

Professor Olivas teaches courses in Higher Education Law and Entertainment Law as well as Immigration Law. He also has a regular radio show on the Albuquerque, NM, NPR station KANW, "The Law of Rock and Roll," where he reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law, as "The Rock and Roll Law Professor." (SM) He lectures on entertainment law topics to lawyers and trade groups. 
See:  www.lawofrockandroll.com.

Lawrence Pinsky

LAWRENCE F. PINSKY, Professor, Physics Department, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Houston

B.S., Carnegie Mellon University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester; J.D., LL.M., University of Houston

Dr. Pinsky’s specialties include experimental particle physics, heavy ion physics, nucleon structure functions, space radiation simulation, medium energy physics, and charged particle detector development. He is actively involved in projects at CERN, BNL, NASA, and Fermilab. He teaches Internet Law and Intellectual Property Survey.
Jessica Roberts

JESSICA L. ROBERTS, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Robert's research operates at the intersection of health law and antidiscrimination law. Her current projects explore the theoretical implications of health-care reform, the formation of genetic identity, and the antidiscrimination protection of health-related information. Professor Roberts teaches Introduction to Health Law, Disabilities and the Law, and Genetics and the Law

Spencer Simons

SPENCER SIMONS, Associate Professor of Law, and Director, O’Quinn Law Library

B.A., J.D., M.B.A. (Finance), Master of Librarianship, University of Washington

Professor Simon’s professional background includes over a decade in banking and financial management, along with bankruptcy work as an attorney. His academic career led him to the directorship of the Law Center’s O’Quinn Law Library in 2004. He currently teaches Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, as well as Advanced Legal Research.

ADJUNCT FACULTY

NATALIE ALFARO, Baker Botts L.L.P.

B.S., University of Texas; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Alfaro practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation and prosecution. Ms. Alfaro works primarily on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems.  She also practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, reexamination requests and interferences involving an equally wide array of technologies.

YOCEL ALONSO

B.A., University of Houston, University of Salamanca, Spain; J.D., University of Houston

Mr. Alonso is a former chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  He represents clients in the entertainment business, including recording artists, record companies, publishers, radio and television personalities, and promotion companies.

RAY ASHBURG, Electrolux North America

B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; J.D., Wake Forest University; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Ashburg is Associate General Counsel for Electrolux North America.

JUSTEN BARKS, Alonso PLLC

B.B.A., Belmont University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

JAMES BEEBE, GE Oil & Gas

B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Mississippi State University; M.C.E., J.D., University of Houston Law Center

DAVID BENDER

Sc.B. (Applied Mathematics), Brown University; LL.B., University of Pennsylvania; LL.M. (Patent Law), S.J.D. (Computer Law), George Washington University

Mr. Bender, who specializes in privacy and data protection, information technology law, and intellectual property law, served as chair of White & Case LLP's global privacy practice prior to his retirement.

NICOLE CÁSAREZ, University of St. Thomas

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Texas at Austin; M.A., University of Houston

RONALD L. CHICHESTER, Ronald Chichester, PC

B.S., M..S., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Chichester, a patent and technology attorney with over two decades of experience, represents his own clients and consults for other law firms on technology related matters.

RUSSELL CHORUSH, Heim Payne + Chorush LLP

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D.,  Cornell University; J.D., University Houston Law Center

Dr. Chorush specializes in patent infringement and antitrust cases in the high technology arena, representing various clients in litigation in fields ranging from electronics to pharmaceuticals.

RICARDO COLMENTER, Entra Consulting

J.D., UCAB Caracas Venezuela; LL.M. (Intellectual Property & Information Law), University of Houston Law Center; LL.M. (Intellectual Property and Human Rights), Raoul Wallemberg Institute, Lund University

Mr. Colmenter represented Venezuela in the Andean Community Meetings and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. His practice centers on transactional law.

ALI DHANANI, Baker Botts LLP  

B.S. (Computer Science), J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dhanani practices in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on patent prosecution regarding computer hardware and software and telecommunications systems, and is associate editor of patstats.org.

JEFF C. DODD, Andrews Kurth LLP

B.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dodd’s practice centers on transactional information law, which involves developing e-commerce strategies, structuring hardware and software acquisition licensing, negotiating distribution agreements, and registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.

KATHY FRANCO, Blank Rome LLP

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Franco’s practice is focused on the transactional aspects of intellectual property protection of software and computer technologies.

VALERIE K. FRIEDRICH, JLSalazar Law Firm, PLLC

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Friedrich practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on client counseling, including formal opinions on issues of patent infringement and validity, multinational patent portfolio management and technology licensing.

MARK HOOSE, Phillips 66

B.S., University of Illinois; J.D., George Washington University Law School; LL.M., Georgetown Law

SHARON A. ISRAEL, Mayer Brown LLP

S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., M.B.A., Emory University

Ms. Israel specializes in intellectual property law, with an emphasis on litigation, opinion work and client counseling, and experience in licensing and patent and trademark prosecution.

TERRIL G. LEWIS, Lewis & Reese, PLLC

B.S.E.E., University of Notre Dame; M.E.E., Rice University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Lewis’s practice is devoted primarily to patent litigation, patent prosecution, and intellectual property counseling.

D.C. TOEDT

B.A. (Mathematics), J.D., The University of Texas

Mr. Toedt’s practice draws on his experience as former general counsel of a publicly-traded software company, and before that, as a partner in a large IP boutique law firm. He is the principal author of a one-volume treatise on The Law and Business of Computer Software.

HOLLY K. TOWLE, K&L Gates

A.B., Whitman College; J.D., University of Washington School of Law

Ms. Towle’s practice focuses on privacy and data security, commercial law as impacted by use of electronic media and information assets, payment systems, intellectual property such as software, and information and database issues.

PAUL VAN SLYKE, Hoover Slovacek LLP

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., Southern Methodist University

Mr. Van Slyke is widely recognized as one of the top IP lawyers in the country. He has decades of intellectual property experience in client counseling and litigating in the fields of trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. Similarly, he has substantial experience in anti-counterfeiting, trade dress, trademark dilution, right of publicity, domain name disputes, licensing, trade secrets, and technology law.

JEREMY WELCH, Schlumberger Technology Corp

B.A., Rice University; J.D. University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Welch has represented clients in a variety of technologies, including recordable optical discs, inkjet printing, pharmaceuticals, and numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry.

OCCASIONAL FACULTY

DAVID HRICIK, Mercer University School of Law

B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Hricik, a nationally known expert on intellectual property in relation to professional responsibility, occasionally teaches a Professional Responsibility course in the Law Center’s summer session.

COMPETITION COACHES

CARLYN BURTON, Osha Liang LLP 

B.S., Emory University; M.S., Emory University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

K. RACHELLE GOLDMAN, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Purdue University; M.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

PAUL KRIEGER, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP   

B.S., University of Pittsburgh; LL.B., University of Maryland; LL.M., George Washington University

CHRISTOPHER MCKEON, McKeon Attorneys PLLC

B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

LINDSEY POWDRELL

B.A., University of Houston; J.D., Regent University School of Law

ALLISON REGAN, University of Houston Law Center  

B.S., Clemson University; J.D., Loyola University New Orleans

ALEXIS STEINBERG, Mosser Law PLLC

B.S., United States Naval Academy; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

DAVID TIEDE, Texas Consumer Complaint Center, University of Houston Law Center 

B.A., The University of Texas; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

PAUL VAN SLYKE, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

B.S., The University of Texas at Austin; J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law