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2023 CLE Calendar


January 26, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr 

"Apportionment in Patent Damage Calculations,"

Speakers: Bethany Salpietra and Jeff Becker, both of Baker Botts. 

In recent years, juries have awarded patent owners increasingly large damages, only for the Federal Circuit Court to overturn these awards for lack of apportionment. This presentation explores how to apportion patent damages by providing an overview of relevant Federal Circuit decisions. Join us for a deep dive discussion concerning how to apportion damages for a patented invention, including an overview of how apportionment impacts the reasonable royalty analysis and what the Federal Circuit considers a sufficiently comparable license.

February 23, 2023 (Noon, Online Zoom) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Panel Discussion: "In Search of Unicorns: The Quest for Ideal Jurors in IP Cases"

This program will be on-line panel discussion regarding jury selection in IP cases. 

The following panelists have agreed to participate:

​         Leon Carter, Carter Arnett 

        Casey Griffith, Griffith Barbee

        Gary Sorden, Cole Schotz 

        Jennifer Truelove, McKool Smith  

        Moderator:  Joe Cleveland, Brackett & Ellis, PC 

March 23, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title: Cannabis and IP Issues

Speaker: Chelsie Spencer

Description: Cannabis and trademark issues and an introduction to related legal issues

April 12, 2023 CLE Credit: 1.00 hr., 0.5 Ethics

DBA IP Section North Dallas CLE

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 , 8-9 AM (1 hr. CLE, .5 Ethics)

Location: Blue Mesa, 8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano, TX 75024

"Strategies for Drafting Claims and Ethics in Patent Prosecution "

Moderator: Srini Chakravarthi, Slater Matsil LLP

Description:  Table discussions regarding claim strategies for overcoming potential section 112 and 101 rejections for a hypothetical invention. We will review several hypothetical claims designed as working problems so that practitioner can have lively and informative conversations with their peers.  In addition, we will discuss related ethical issues common to prosecution. 

April 27, 2023(Noon, Hybrid) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title:  Judging the Middle Ground:  Thoughts on Successful Mediation by

            Former Members of the Bench

Speakers: Judge David Folsom (Ret.), Judge Royal Furgeson (Ret.)

Moderator:  Matt Acosta, Platt Cheema Richmond PLLC

Description:  Former District Judges-turned-mediators offer their insight on the keys for successful mediation and the pitfalls that they have witnessed among lawyers and clients.  Topics will include the role of a mediation statement, non-monetary versus monetary terms, negotiating difficult parties and lawyers, and general tips for attorneys to reach a satisfactory resolution.

May 25, 2023 (Noon, Hybrid) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title: Demystifying IP Litigation at the International Trade Commission

Speaker: Reginald Lucas (former senior litigation attorney at the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations)

Description: Fast-paced litigation at the ITC can seem like a black box with similar, yet different procedures and considerations that must be taken into account. This presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of IP litigation at the ITC and the domestic industry requirement, compare ITC procedures to district court actions, and review interesting ITC stats and trends.


June 15, 2023 (Noon), Dallas Arts Mansion8:30am-4pm

China IP Road Show in Texas, "Strategies for protecting intellectual property in China" 

This free, all-day presentation on June 15 will include experts from the U.S. government, intellectual property (IP) attorneys, and local businesspeople who will discuss how U.S. rights holders can protect their IP in both China and the U.S.
This in-person program will focus
on the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, examining:

(1) What small and medium-sized businesses need to know about protecting all types of IP in China, (2) IP developments in China: Challenges and opportunities in a shifting IP environment,

(3) Enforcing IP rights, in both China and the U.S., against infringement originating in China, 
(4) U.S. government resources for U.S. companies, and,

(5) IP and China: The Texas experience
A question-and-answer session will close out the program.

July 27, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title:        Art, Antibodies and Alcoholic Pooches: Examining 2023's Landmark IP Decisions

Speaker: Dennis Crouch

Description: Supreme Court and Federal Circuit review of notable IP and Patent Cases by Professor Dennis Crouch of the University of Missouri.  Professor Crouch is known as the blogger behind the PatentlyO website.   

August 24, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title:  "An Introduction to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act: What IP Practitioners Need to Know"

Speaker:   Emilio Nicolas & Chandler Stevens (both of Jackson Walker)

Description:  An introduction into the DMCA including the basics regarding take down procedures, requests and responses.

September 28, 2023 (Noon), On-line, CLE Credit: 1.00 hr 

Title: "Tips for Practice Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)"

Speaker: Judge Mark A. Thurmon, USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Slide Presentation, click here.

October 26, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title:  Top Ethics Rules

Speaker: Claude Ducloux

Description: The top ethics rules around what IP attorneys can do to advertise, market, and

promote their services; conflicts of interest for attorneys moving firms. 

Click here for PPT presentation.

December 7, 2023 (Noon) CLE Credit: 1.00 hr

Title: "UDRP, URS, ACPA, and Beyond: Domain Name Enforcement and Brand Protection Strategies”

Speaker: Jonathan S. Jennings of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Mr. Jennings will present on the relative advantages and disadvantages of the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP), the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system, and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). He will examine the considerations in determining which action should be pursued under different scenarios when challenging infringing domain names and offer strategies to navigate the options.


Noon CLE meetings are typically held at the Belo Mansion on the fourth Thursday of every month (with some exceptions).  

For in person/live meetings, the members usually participate in a pre-meeting network activity 30 minutes before the CLE presentation begins.

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

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April 25, 2024 (Noon Zoom)

Best Practices for PTAB Appeals

Presenter: Linda E. Horner

Acting Senior Lead Administrative Judge

Patent Trial and Appeal Board


The presentation will discuss best practices for PTAB appeals, including how to best prepare your case for appeal, your options after final rejection, and engaging in persuasive oral advocacy decisions of the TTAB.  Click here for PPT slides.

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