Virtual Happy Hour: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 


“Trademark Fights Over Alcoholic Beverages”


Speaker: Justin Cohen Thompson Knight

James Gourley, Carstens & Cahoon LLP


There have been several interesting recent trademark cases in the alcoholic beverage industry. 

  • Are the terms “butter” and “jam” too descriptive to merit trademark protection as applied to chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon wine?

  • Can hard seltzer products obtain trademark protections for marks that riff on the fizzy nature of the drink?


These and other alcoholic beverage trademark cases will be discussed briefly in a general session, followed by smaller moderated breakout room discussions about the issues in the cases.  Attendees may, if they can do so safely, accompany their participation with an alcoholic beverage of choice.  We would like to request folks RSVP so we can manage breakout rooms.   Please also RSVP to Justin Cohen at

2021 IP Section Proposed

Officers and Directors


Chair: Robert (Bob) Johnston

Vice-Chair: David Taylor

Secretary: Dyan House

Treasurer: Elizabeth Rucki


Council Members:

Justin Cohen

Megan Hoyt

Dwayne Norton

John Tower

Kirby Drake

Tim Dyll

James Gourley

Matt Acosta

Niky Bagley

Stephanie Sivinski

Immediate Past Chair: Scott Hemingway

Procedures for proposing an alternate slate can be found in the Section’s Bylaws, which are available on the Section’s website at

​​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.

Next CLE: Friday, November 13, 2020: 12:00-1:00PM

“Conducting Jury Trials in COVID-19 Era”


Speakers: Chief Judge Barbara Lynn, Northern District of Texas

Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap, Eastern District of Texas

Moderator: Matt Acosta, Platt Cheema Richmond PLLC

Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas and Chief Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn of the Northern District of Texas have both administered and conducted live jury trials during the Covid-19 pandemic.  During this presentation, they will explain the reasoning behind their decisions to conduct in-person trials, the unique challenges that they faced in preparing for, administering and conducting those trials, how these challenges were overcome, and the reception by all of those involved.  The IP Section wishes to express its gratitude to the Judges, their staff and coordinators, Matt Acosta and Elizabeth Evert for all their efforts in supporting this CLE event. 

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