Past AIPLA CLE Events

The Austin Intellectual Property Law Association regularly hosts monthly CLE Luncheons.  A list of past CLE Events and topics is provided below.


May, 2018 The 19th Annual Judges Dinner
Speaker: Hon. Timothy B. Dyk

April, 2018 World IP Day co-hosted Texas Regional USPTO in collaboration with the Austin Chamber of Commerce and UT Austin’s Office of Technology Commercialization (non-CLE).
Special Guests: Dr.  John Goodenough and Dr. Helena Braga

March, 2018 Social Media & The Law 
Speaker: Ryan Garcia, Dell Inc.

February, 2018 Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Patent & Trademark Year In Review 
Speakers: Darryl Adams, Baker Botts; Alexandra Bistline, Pirkey Barber; Kat Li, McKool Smith; Eman Sojoodi, Dell Inc.

January, 2018 Annual Meeting and Presentation by PTAB Chief Judge Ruschke


November, 2017 Venue After TC Heartland
Speaker: Aden Allen, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

October, 2017
Speaker: Judge Lee Yeakel

September 2017 Patent and TM Damages: The Changing Landscape
Prateek Shah and David Harkavy, The Claro Group

August, 2017 In-House Counsel Perspectives on Current Trademark Issues
Speakers: Anna Kuhn, Pirkey Barber (moderator), Kelly Walton, Dell Inc., Lori Misajlovich, Whole Foods Market, Shaun Moore, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

June, 2017 A Refresher on the Defend Trade Secrets Act: What Is It, and What’s Happened So Far?
Speaker: Bert Greene, Norton Rose Fulbright

May, 2017 In-House Perspectives on Open Source: A Panel Discussion
Speaker: Chad Anson (Forcepoint), Raghav Bajaj (Haynes & Boone), Umesh Desai (AT&T), Van Lindberg (Dykema)

April, 2017 Intellectual Property Issues in Congress and the Administration: Outlook for 2017
Speaker: Tom Stoll, Legislative Consultant, Intellectual Property Law Section, ABA

March, 2017 Ethics in Patent Prosecution: The Long Arm of the OED
Speaker: Heather Flanagan, Fish & Richardson

Feb, 2017 2016 Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Year in Review
Speakers: Jeff Mills (King & Spalding), Darryl Adams (Baker Botts), Stephanie DeBrow (Norton Rose Fulbright) and Janice Ta (Vinson & Elkins)

Jan, 2017 Speaker: Molly Kocialski, Regional Director, Rocky Mountain USPTO


Oct, 2016 Speaker: Honorable Lee Yeakel (Western District of Texas) September, 2016 Trademark Update
Speaker: Alexandra Bistline, Pirkey Barber

August, 2016 IP Valuation, a Panel Discussion
Speakers: Michael Barrett (Cirrus Logic), Jennifer Kuhn (Mattersight), Paul Reidy (Independent Consultant, formerly with RPX, IV, and Motorola/Freescale)

June, 2016 Crusaders Against Patent Misuse: IP Licensing Considerations After Kimble v. Marvel 
Speaker: Erin Thomson, Vinson & Elkins

May, 2016 Disruptive Technologies and the Law
Speaker: Keith Witek, Tesla Motors

April, 2016 Section 337 Actions at the ITC: Past, Present, and Future
Download Materials Speaker: Benjamin Levi

March, 2016 Patent “Profanity”
Download Materials Speaker: Jerry Suva

February, 2016 Federal Circuit Year in Review
Download Materials Speaker: Gale R. “Pete” Petersen

January, 2016 2016 Legislative Update Download Materials
Speaker: Vincent Garlock


October, 2015 Custom, Export & Import Rules (Joint meeting with American Corporate Counsel Association – Austin Division)
Speakers: Mike Galdo (AUSA), Rick Shimon (Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security) and Dave Seker (FBI)

September, 2015
Speaker: Honorable Lee Yeakel (Western District of Texas)

August, 2015 Corporate Rebranding: Tales from the Trenches of Company Name Changes
Speakers: Lesia Skrypoczka (iHeartMedia), Seth Randle (RetailmeNot), Christopher Weimer (Norton Rose Fulbright)

June, 2015
Speaker: Honorable Robert L. Pitman (Western District of Texas)

May, 2015 “Recent Trends in Patent Damages
Download materials Speaker: Jose C. Villareal, Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

April, 2015 “Cutting Edge Legal Issues In Video Games”
Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

March, 2015 “Dancing with Alice: A Procecutor’s Toolkit”
Download materials Speaker: Jim Babineau

February, 2015 “Federal Circuit Year in Review”
Download materials Year in Review Speaker: Gale R. “Pete” Peterson

January, 2015 “The Patent Trial & Appeal Board”
Download materials Speakers: Chief Judge James Donald Smith


October, 2014 “Ethical Traps for the Intellectual Property Lawyer”
No materials available Speakers: Daniel Bitting and Cindy Saiter, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.

September, 2014 “Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas”
No materials available Speaker: The Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

August, 2014 “Panel Discussion on Recent Supreme Court Decisions”
Download materials Speakers: Jen Kuhn, Lisa Galloway, Rob King, & Anthony Peterman

June, 2014 “A Judge’s Perspective on Federal Court Practice”
No materials available Speaker: U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin

May, 2014 “Sports Branding in a Fast-Moving Game: Trademark, Copyright, & Licensing in Collegiate-Sports Marketing
Download materials Speakers: Jered Matthysse, Craig Westemeier, & Kit Riehl

April, 2014 “Patent Reform – Watching the Sausage Being Made”
Download materials Speaker: Arthur Gollwitzer

March, 2014 “Inter-Partes Review”
No materials available Speaker: Peter Ayers, Partner, Lee & Hayes

February, 2014 “Patent Law Update: Supreme Court & Federal Court Decisions”
Download materials Speaker: Derrick A. Pizarro

January, 2014 “Developments in IP Enforcement at the ITC”
No materials available Speaker: Clark Cheney, Attorney Advisor, U.S. International Trade Commission


October, 2013 “Perspectives of a New Magistrate Judge”
No materials Available Speaker: U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, U.S. District Court for the, Western District of Texas

September, 2013 “Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas” No materials Available Speaker:  The Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas August, 2013 Panel Discussion on “Pressing Concerns and Strategies for In-House Counsel” No materials Available Panelists: Chad Anson (Dell), Juliet Dirba (AMD), and Melissa Fruge (Home Away) June, 2013 Significant Developments in Copyright and Trademark Law: From Jailbreaking Phones to Johnny Football Download Materials (.pdf) Speaker: Joshua G. Jones, The Law Office of Joshua G. Jones, Austin May, 2013 Do Patent-Related Claims Always Belong In Federal Court?: A Case Study Download Materials (.pdf) Speaker: Jane Webre, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, Austin April, 2013 Europe United: The Unified Patent Court & Unified Patents Download Materials (.pdf) Speaker: Axel Casalonga, Casalonga & Associés March, 2013 It’s Here – Strategies for the First-to-File Transition Download Materials (.pdf) Speaker: Brian W. Oaks, Baker Botts, Austin February 19, 2013 Annual Meeting Patent Law: A Review of Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Download Materials (.pdf) Speaker: Derrick A. Pizarro, Cox Smith, San Antonio January 29, 2013 Annual Meeting Confessions of a Former District Judge No Materials Available Speaker: Judge David Folsom, Jackson Walker, LLP


October 16, 2012 Recent Developments Affecting Intellectual Property Litigation in the Western District of Texas No materials available Speaker: U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel September 25, 2012 In House Counsel Panel Download Materials (.pdf) Jennifer Wuamett & Nestor Ho August 21, 2012 An Update on Notable Trademark Law Developments and Trends Download Materials (.pdf) Christopher M. Kindel, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. June 19, 2012 Mediation of IP Disputes No materials available Karl M. Bayer, Dispute Resolution Expert May, 15, 2012 Scope of Injunctive Relief for Patent Infringement No materials available Prof. John M. Golden, University of TexasSchool of Law April 18, 2012 PTO Response to Bilski No materials available Raymond T. Chen, Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office March 30, 2012 The New Federal Jurisdiction in Patent Malpractice Cases  Download Materials (.pdf) Paul Janicke, University of Houston Law Center February 21, 2012 Patent Decisions of the Federal Circuit 2011-2012 Download Materials (.doc – zip file) Download Materials (.pptx – zip file) Derrick A. Pizarro, Cox Smith — San Antonio January 31 Update from the USPO – Trademark News and Initiatives Download materials (.pptx) Deborah S. Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks


November 15 The America Invents Act Download materials (.ppt) Poll Questions 2 & 4 results (.pdf) Jeffrey D. Mills, King & Spalding Dean Munyon, Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel, P.C. October 18 Confessions of a Former Magistrate Judge No materials available. Chad Everingham, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP September 20 Intellectual Property Cases Before the Western District of Texas No materials available. Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Texas, Austin Division August 16 Inequitable Conduct After Therasense download materials (.ppt) David Parker, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Michael A. Valek, Vinson & Elkins LLP and Darryl Adams (moderator), Baker Botts LLP Patent Reform Legislation Update download materials (.ppt) Brian Oaks, Baker Botts LLP No July meeting. June 21 Trademark Developments Including Trademark Bullying download materials (.pdf) Christopher Graff, Pirkey Barber May 17 Random Sampling and E-Discovery: Lessons From the Ancient Greeks and Colt McCoy No materials available. Hon. Paul Grewal, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of California April 19 Drafting the Best Possible Claims download materials (.pptx) Andrew J. Dillon, Of Counsel, Dillon & Yudell LLP March 22 Federal Circuit Review download materials (.pptx) Gale R. (Pete) Peterson, Cox Smith February 15 “Functional Language in Claims” download materials (.ppt) David O’Dell, Haynes & Boone January 28, 2011 The Inequitable Conduct Doctrine No materials available. John Whealen, George Washington School of Law


October 19 “Joint Defense Agreements” download materials (.pdf) Brian Erickson, DLA Piper September 21 “The Impact of Bilski v. Kappos on Prosecution and Litigation” downoad materials (.pptx) Jennifer Kuhn: Moderator, Robert Kowert: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert & Goetzel P.C., Brian Nash: Bracewell & Giuliani August 17 “The Written Description Requirement and Ariad” Guy Birkenmeier, King & Spalding LLP Please contact presenter directly for a copy of the materials. June 15 “Recent Developments in Patent Damages” Bart Showalter, Baker Botts LLP Please contact presenter directly for a copy of the materials. May 18 “Trademark and Copyright Issue Recognition for the Non-Specialist” Susan Hightower, Pirkey Barber; Dana Jewell, Dell; Bill Raman, Wong Cabello Please contact presenters directly for a copy of the materials. March 23 “Patent Operations: Updates & Highlights” download materials (.ppt) “Worksharing: A Cooperative Approach to Patent Workload Management” download materials (.ppt) Charles Eloshway, Patent Attorney, Office of External Affairs, USPTO February 16 “Venue Selection in Patent Cases Post In re Volkswagen” Michael C. Smith, Siebman, Reynolds, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP download materials (.pptx) January 19 “Recent Developments in Patent Law (2009 Federal Circuit Highlights – Year in Review)” Gale R. Peterson, Cox | Smith download materials (.pdf) download materials (zip)


October 20 “Isn’t This Obvious?” Kevin Meek, Baker Botts LLP  download materials (.pdf) download materials (zip) September 15 Inter Partes Reexamination” David McCombs, Haynes & Boone, LLP download materials (.pdf) download materials (zip) April 21 “Avoiding Fraud on the Trademark Office: Latest Chapters in the Medinol Odyssey” Susan Hightower, Pirkey Barber LLP Course Number: download materials March 24 “Patent Eligibility After In Re Bilski Mark T. Garrett, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. download materials (.ppt) February 17 “When Oversight Becomes Inequitable Conduct–Have the Evidence Rules Shifted?” Paul M. Janicke, Professor, University of Houston Law Center Course Number: 901173044 January 15 “Changing Times: What Does A New Administration Mean for the Future of IP?” Q. Todd Dickinson, American Intellectual Property Law Association Course Number: 901171574


October 21 “Intellectual Property License Agreements” Ed Cavazos, Fish & Richardson Keith Witek, AMD Course Number: 900050393 download materials September 23 “Patent Litigation Surveys” Robert Cote, McKool Smith Course Number: 900049596 download materials August 12 “Quanta-fying Patent Exhaustion: Impact on Patent Litigation and Licensing Strategies” Amber Rovner, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Jennifer Wuamett, Freescale Semiconductor Course Number: 900047647 download materials June 17 “Perspectives on IP Litigation” Hon. Lee Yeakel, W.D. Texas Course Number: 900045488 May 20 “Software, Business Methods and the Subject Matter of Patents” Brian Nash, Fish & Richardson Course Number: 900044413 download materials April 22 “Ethical Issues for Patent Prosecution Attorneys and Patent Litigators Related to the Duty of Candor and Inequitable Conduct” — Darryl J. Adams, Dewey Lebouf Course Number: 9000042102 (includes 1.0 hour ethics) download materials March 25 “Recent Developments in Trademark Law and the Internet” Wendy Larson, Pirkey Barber Course Number: 900040075 download materials February 26 “Willfulness and Opinions of Counsel after In re Seagate H. Kenneth Prol, Vinson & Elkins Course number: 900039089 download materials January 29 Annual Meeting and CLE Lunch “2007 — The Year in Review in Patent Law” Bart Showalter, Baker & Botts Course Number: 900037674 download materials


October 23 CLE Lunch “New Rules at the USPTO” James W. Babineau Course number: 900032659 download materals July 31 CLE Lunch Panel Discussion on Obviousness after KSR v. Teleflex Course Number: 900027829 Download materials: slides June 26 CLE Lunch “Injunctions After eBay Alan Albright, Fish & Richardson Course number: 900025718 download slides May 22 CLE Lunch “Perspectives on Patent Licensing Language in Free/Open Source Software Licenses” Prof. Greg Vetter, University of Texas (visiting), and University of Houston Course Number: 900024734 download presentation download license language April 24 CLE Lunch “Top 10 Mistakes that Patent Practitioners Make” Robert E. McLaughlin, Fields, Howell, Athans & McLaughlin, LLP Course Number: 900022976 download paper download slides March 27 CLE Lunch “Licensing & Assertion Challenges for Patentees Post-MedImmune” David L. Fox, PhD, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Course Number: 900021030 February 28 CLE Lunch “A Room with a View: A Jury Consultant’s Perspective on Big Ticket Patent Trials” Dr. Don Nichols, Courtroom Intelligence Course Number: 900019186


October 17 CLE Lunch “Panel Discussion: “Opinions of Counsel & Waiver of Privilege After EchoStarTrent Campione, Pete Roossien, and Michael Cannatti Course Number: 900012515 May 24 CLE Lunch “Claim Construction Update: Phillips and Beyond,” David O’Brien (Zagorin O’Brien Graham LLP), Ranjeev Singh, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., and Amber Rovner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Course Number: 000099947 download slides April 20 CLE Lunch “The Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2005” Susan Hightower, Fulbright & Jaworski Course Number: 000098474 March 22 CLE Lunch “Has 35 USC 120 Been Misconstrued for Fifty Years?” Darryl Adams, Dewey Ballantine LLP Course Number 000096403


July 2004 CLE Lunch “A Perspective From the Bench,” Hon. Lee Yeakel, W.D. Texas Course Number 000067000 May CLE Lunch “Inter Partes Reexamination” Pierre Hubert Course Number 000065087 download notes April CLE Lunch “The Not-So Secret Forum: How the U.S. International Trade Commission Became a Prime Venue for Intellectual Property Litigation” Bryan Schwartz Course Number 000063562 download notes March CLE Lunch “Visual Communications Throughout Multi-Stage Intellectual Property Litigation” Jason Barnes Course Number 000061819 February CLE Lunch “Protection from Trade Dress and Trademark Copycats” Trevor Choy Course Number 000059933 download notes


July CLE Lunch “Section 112 Written Description” Peter Ayers Course Number 000050307 download notes May CLE Lunch “Trademarks 2002-2003: Lingerie to Lawn Care” Speaker: Steve Meleen Course Number 000047534 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) download slides April CLE Lunch “The Use of Dictionaries in the Federal Circuit” Jen Kuhn Course Number 000047023 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) download slides March CLE Lunch “Strategic Role of IP in Company Valuation” Course Number 000045052 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) February CLE Lunch “Fundamentals of Electronic Discovery” Course Number 000043822 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) download notes Speaker: Bob Robinson


November CLE Lunch “How To Obtain a European Patent” Course Number 000040729 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) September CLE lunch “Covenants Not To Compete” Course Number 000038113 (1.0 Hour of Texas MCLE Credit) May CLE Lunch “Ethical Considerations in Prefiling Investigation” Course Number 000033127 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit) download notes April CLE Lunch “Ethical Considerations in Drafting Opinion Letters” Course Number 000032079 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Ethics Credit) March CLE LunchSymbol Technologies and the Doctrine of Prosecution Laches” Course Number 000031219 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit) download notes February CLE Lunch “Taking Design Patents to the Next Level” Course Number 000029414 (1.0 Hours of Texas MCLE Credit) download notes


September CLE Lunch “Current Ethics Topics-Roundtable Discussion” Course Number 000023611 (0.75 Ethics CLE Credit) July Markman’s discussion of Protecting a Brand Name with IP Investigations Course Number 000021283 (“Detectives in The Digital Age…”) May Professor Nimmer’s discussion of UCITA April DSI Technology Escow’s discussion of technology escrow) (0.75 CLE credit) website March Discussion of Impact of Recent Patent Statute & Rule Changes on Prosecution Practice (1.0 hour CLE credit) download presentation February Panel Discussion of the Festo Decision) (1.0 hour CLE credit)


September Napster and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Course Number 000009692 (1.0 hour CLE credit) July Trends in Patent Damage Awards Course Number 000008096 (1.0 hour CLE credit) May Judicial Perspective on Intellectual Property Cases Course Number 000006112 (1.0 hour CLE credit) April Overview of Online Music Issues for the General IP Practitioner Course Number 000005388 (1.0 hour CLE credit) March Investigating Industrial Espionage Course Number 000004608 (1.0 hour CLE credit) February Presentation by Commissioner Dickinson Course Number 000003928 (1.0 hour CLE credit)