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.
2020-2021 School Year
Scholarship Submission For
North Texas Law Students
In April 2021, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association intends to award up to one scholarship to students from each of the three North Texas law schools: Texas A&M University School of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and University of North Texas Dallas College of Law.
The scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated strong potential for leadership in the intellectual property community based on demonstrated interest in intellectual property law, leadership experience, and academic achievement. Significant consideration also will be given to financial need and diversity in the practice of intellectual property law.
To apply: (1) submit an inquiry email (fill in and submit information in boxes, right) through the DBA IP Section website as soon as possible (before April 15, 2021),and separately, (2) the application documents listed below must be received on or before April 15, 2021 by the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Mr. John Tower at JTower@hitchcockevert.com with a copy mailed to the following address:
John Tower, Esq.
Hitchcock Evert LLP
750 North St. Paul Street, Suite 1110
Dallas, TX 75201
It is advisable for you to follow-up on the status of the application and the receipt of the application directly with Mr. Tower at JTower@hitchcockevert.com.
Your application should include: (1) a personal statement, (2) resume, (3) undergraduate transcript, and, (4) any graduate school/law school transcript. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
Your personal statement should address the following criteria in no more than 500 words:
Demonstrated interest in intellectual property law (for example through coursework, internships, employment, student organization activities, bar activities, publications, and participation in relevant moot court competitions);
Leadership experience (for example through student organization activities);
Academic achievement (for example through undergraduate, graduate, and law school achievements);
Financial need (include any relevant information about your financial need); and
Contribution to diversity, if applicable (include any relevant statement about your ability to contribute to diversity in the practice of intellectual property law).
Applications will be accepted from law students enrolled as 2L or 3L students (or the equivalent thereof for part-time students) during the 2020-2021 academic year at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, and the Texas A&M University School of Law.
Please note: All scholarship awards are subject to final approval by the Council of the IP Section of the Dallas Bar Association. Applying for the scholarship does not guarantee the grant of an award to any person. All scholarship awards will be awarded through the Dallas Bar Foundation working with the IP Section of the Dallas Bar Association, and made payable to the law school for application to the student's account.
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Next CLE: Sept. 30, 2021
(Virtual Zoom, Noon)
"Arthrex, Minerva, and the Future of Patent Validity”
Speaker: Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M School of Law
The Supreme Court’s October Term 2020 included two significant patent law decisions. In Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, the Court held that the USPTO’s administrative patent judges were improperly appointed principal officers, and imposed a judicial remedy to fix the constitutional defect. In Minerva Surgical v. Hologic, the Court substantially narrowed—but did not abolish—the ability of patent owners to block past assignors from challenging patent validity. Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat from Texas A&M University will summarize these decisions and discuss what they mean for patent rights going forward.