CLE: Oct. 28, 2021
Topic: HOW I BECAME AN FBI INFORMANT
Speaker: Ashley K. Yablon
Ashley Yablon, the then General Counsel for the US entity of ZTE China (the third largest telecom company in the world) found himself caught in an international scandal when he discovered his multi-billion dollar company was selling billions of dollars of spying technology to the embargoed countries including Iran.
Left with an ethical dilemma, Ashley made the difficult decision and turned into a whistleblower working with the FBI, Department of Commerce and Justice Department. But when his cover got leaked, the drama and life-threatening nature of this John Grisham real life story really began.
MCLE 1.00 (Ethics)
CLE: Sept. 29, 2021
Topic: Women Athletes Inspiring your Entrepreneurship &
Hope Shimabuku, USPTO
Texas Reg. Director
Ally Davidson, Camp Gladiator
Dana Wildeboer, MassChallenge
Corey Jackson, Clear Path Fitness
Be inspired by the panelists’ stories of success in the creation of their businesses. Learn about the importance of protecting intellectual property (IP) from the beginning of the entrepreneurship journey. Listen to goal-driven women with athletic backgrounds discuss their success stories.
Noon CLE meetings are typically held at the Belo Mansion on the fourth Thursday of every month (with some exceptions).
We also host periodic breakfast CLE roundtable discussions at a North Dallas location on important IP topics.
2022 IP Section
Officers and Directors
Officers: Council Members:
Chair: David Taylor Megan Hoyt
Vice-Chair: Dyan House Dwayne Norton
Secretary: Elizabeth Rucki John Tower
Treasurer: Justin Cohen Kirby Drake
Imm. Past Chair: Robert (Bob) Johnston Matt Acosta
By Xato (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Sheet music: "Beauiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster
Next CLE: Sept. 30, 2021
(Virtual Zoom, Noon)
"Arthrex, Minerva, and the Future of Patent Validity”
Speaker: Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M School of Law
The Supreme Court’s October Term 2020 included two significant patent law decisions. In Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, the Court held that the USPTO’s administrative patent judges were improperly appointed principal officers, and imposed a judicial remedy to fix the constitutional defect. In Minerva Surgical v. Hologic, the Court substantially narrowed—but did not abolish—the ability of patent owners to block past assignors from challenging patent validity. Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat from Texas A&M University will summarize these decisions and discuss what they mean for patent rights going forward.