CLE: July 28, 2022 

(Noon, In Person)

“A Review of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Patent Law (2021-2022)”


Speaker: Gale R. “Pete” Peterson, San Antonio


CLE Credit: MCLE 1.00 

2022 IP Section 

Officers and Directors



Officers:                                                                                      Chair:  David Taylor                                               Vice-Chair:  Dyan House              

                   Secretary:  Megan Hoyt                                       Treasurer:  Justin Cohen                     

Council Members:

                        James Gourley

                        Matt Acosta                                                            Niky Bagley

                        Stephanie Sivinski

                        Kirby Drake 

                        John Tower

                        Dwayne Norton

                        Tim Dyll                                                                    Marylauren Ilagan

                        Craig C. Carpenter

     Imm. Past Chair: Robert (Bob) Johnston 

​​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.

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Sheet music: "Beauiful Dreamer" by Stephen Foster

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June CLE: June 23, 2022 

(Hybrid, Noon)

“Patents and the Gender Gap: Inventors, Patent Prosecution, and Patent Litigation"  Speaker:   Kirby Drake, Kirby Drake Law PLLC

The presentation will focus on the 2019 “Progress and Potential: A Profile of women inventors on U.S. patents” published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as well as the 2020 update on women inventor-patentees.  The presentation will then look at the gender gap and patent law, both in terms of practicing before the USPTO as well as attorneys involved in patent litigation.  The presentation will also highlight efforts being made to close the gender gap when it comes to patents and what else may be done.