CLE: Oct. 28, 2021 



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.

CLE Credit: 

MCLE 1.00 (Ethics)

CLE: Sept. 29, 2021 

(12-1:30 PM)

Topic: Women Athletes Inspiring your Entrepreneurship &
IP Journey


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.

​​CLE Meetings


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.

Proposed Slate

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

                                                                                                                 Tim Dyll

                                                                                                                 James Gourley

Imm. Past Chair: Robert (Bob) Johnston                                    Matt Acosta

                                                                                                                 Niky Bagley

                                                                                                                 Stephanie Sivinski

                                                                                                                 Marylauren Ilagan


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Sheet music: "Beauiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster

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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.