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Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit to Hold Arguments in Dallas and Ft. Worth


   Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 10 am

   Earle Cabell Federal Court Building

   Dallas, TX 

   Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 2 pm

   SMU Dedman School of Law  

   Dallas, TX

   Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 10 am

   Texas A&M Univ. School of Law

   Ft. Worth, TX


Dallas Bar IP Section

25th Anniversary Party and Federal Circuit Reception


Tuesday, Oct. 1st

6:00 pm

Belo Mansion

The IP Section is holding a reception to welcome the Federal Circuit judges to Dallas and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Intellectual Property Section of the  Dallas Bar Association.  The IP Section will also be awarding scholarships to local law school students at the reception.   

Please contact David Taylor at dotaylor@mail.smu.edu to request information on table sponsorships or to order individual tickets.


Current Events CLE 

Oct. 24

Craft & Growler, Evening 

Cannabis CLE

James Gourley and Chelsie Spencer, Carstens & Cahoon


This CLE provides an overview of the intersection between cannabis, which remains a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States, and intellectual property. Our presenters will discuss patent prosecution and current patent litigation concerning cannabis, cannabis trademarks and trade secrets, and the intersection between federal and state intellectual property law.

​​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.

2020 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors


Chair – D. Scott Hemingway

Vice Chair – Robert Johnston

Secretary – David O. Taylor

Treasurer - Dyan House


Elizabeth Rucki

Brian C. McCormack

Justin Cohen

Dwayne Norton

Megan Hoyt

Kirby Drake

John Tower

Sushil Iyer

Tim Dyll

James Gourley

Immediate Past Chair

Shannon W. Bates


Next CLE:  Dec. 5 (Belo)

Copyright Trial Perspectives:

DynaStudy, Inc. v. Houston Independent School District

The presentation will cover aspects of trial for copyright and DMCA cases, including voir dire strategy, witness examinations, how to present statutory damages evidence to a jury, insights from trial from the perspectives of both parties, and closing argument strategies when statutory damages for copyright and DMCA are at issue.

Sheet music: "Beauiful Dreamer" by S

Sheet music: "Beauiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster