2021 CLE Calendar

January 28, 2021 (Noon, Belo) 

Sense You’ve Been Gone: An Update on the Protection

for Sensory Marks at the PTO


Reshaun Finkley, Townsend & Lockett, PLLC
Lee Hunt, Brackett & Ellis, P.C.
Sophilia Wu, BakerHostetler

February 25, 2021 (Noon, Belo) 

Topic: "Doo Doo Do They Have Rights in “Baby Shark”?: Copyright Law in the Sharing Economy.”

Speaker: Julie Albert, Baker Botts

March 25, 2021 (Noon, Belo)

Topic:  Federal Circuit Update: Notable Cases and Topics 2020-2021

Natalie Bennett, Morgan Lewis
Pauline Pelletier, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
Deirdre Wells, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC


April 22, 2021(Noon, Virtual Belo Zoom)

Topic: The Brexit Divorce - Who Got to Keep the IP Kids/House? 

Speakers: Barker Brettel IP, UK; John Lawrence, Carrie Johnson, Lucy Walker 

This CLE will cover the implications of Brexit on Trademark, Design, and Enforcement practice on the EU and UK.

May 27, 2021 (Noon, Virtual)

“IP Implications of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Trademark Modernization Act and CASE Act”

Speaker: Robert Johnston, Hubbard Johnston, PLLC

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 ("CAA") was signed into law.  The CAA includes provisions that impact trademark, copyright, and patent law.  This presentation addresses the IP implications mainly with respect to trademarks and copyrights. In particular, the implications of the Trademark Modernization Act and the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (“CASE”) Act of the CAA will be addressed.

June 24, 2021 (Noon, Virtual)

"Assessing the Impact of Defend Trade Secrets Act on Trade Secrets Litigation 5 Years After It Went into Effect"

Speaker: Elisaveta (Leiza) Dolghih, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

July 22, 2021 (Noon, Virtual)

"Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine Shortages: Are Intellectual Property Waivers the Answer?"

Speaker: Sapna Kumar, University of Houston Law Center

This CLE will address COVID-19 vaccine shortages and whether IP waivers waivers are the answer to this problem.










Noon CLE meetings are typically held on the fourth Friday of every month (with some exceptions).


We also host periodic breakfast CLE roundtable discussions at a North Dallas location on important IP topics.

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June CLE: June 24, 2021 

(Virtual Zoom, Noon)

"Assessing the Impact of Defend Trade Secrets Act on Trade Secrets Litigation 5 Years After It Went into Effect"

Speaker: Elisaveta (Leiza) Dolghih 

                  Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP