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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.

Annual Scholarship Submission For

North Texas Law Students

In April, 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.


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 March 18, 2024),and separately, (2) the application documents listed below must be received on or before March 18, 2024 by the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Mr. William McSpadden at You also may mail a confirmation copy to the following address:

William McSpadden 

PO Box 671375

Dallas, TX 75376-1375

It is advisable for you to follow-up on the status of the application and the receipt of the application directly with Mr. William McSpadden at 

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:

  1. 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);

  2. Leadership experience (for example through student organization activities); and

  3. Academic achievement (for example through undergraduate, graduate, and law school achievements).

In addition to the above, you may (not required) also add any additional information to your personal statement, such as information about your financial need and/or a 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 current 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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March 28, 2024 (Noon ADM, In Person)

"The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board from January 2023 to Date

Presenter: John Cone, Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC

The presentation will discuss decisions of the TTAB in both ex parte and inter partes proceedings on issues including priority of rights, distinctiveness of marks, likelihood of confusion, cancellation of registrations based on fraud and failure to function as a trademark.

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