Oct. 9, 2020 - Members of the judiciary, legal academia and attorneys discussed a wide range of innovations and updates to their practice and research areas at the 36th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law. The hybrid event, hosted by the Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law and Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, was presented to attendees on Oct. 1-3 virtually through multiple platforms and in-person at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Jeff Brown '95 served as the keynote speaker. The Hon. Wallace Jefferson, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court served as the diversity speaker. Judge Peter Bray, Judge Christina A. Bryan and Judge Andrew M. Edison, all of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, participated in a judicial panel, which was moderated by Sharon Israel, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Twenty-five attorneys and professors provided analysis on topics ranging from best practices for serving clients during crisis - from a pandemic to a hurricane, trademark law, protecting third party privilege, trade secrets, ethics issues created by AI, innovation, the IoT and 3D printing among others.
Several Law Center faculty members also served as speakers. Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law Dave Fagundes provided attendees with a copyright law update. Professor Paul Janicke discussed recent ethics cases in IP practice. Professor Renee Knake Jefferson delivered a presentation titled, "Diversity as an Ethics Obligation - Understanding ABA Model Rule 8.4(G) Through the Lens of Supreme Court Shortlists.
Attendees received 13.75 hours of participatory Texas continuing legal education hours, including 4.75 ethics hours. Sponsors for the event included Duff & Phelps, GreenbergTraurig, Osha Bergman Watanabe Burton, Patent Designs, Shackleford, StoneTurn and TTConsultants.