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    presented by

    United States Patent and Trademark Office and

    State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section

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  • Special Two-Day Program

    Attend one day or both!

    Please join the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Texas State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Lanham Act and in honoring Texas Congressman Fritz G. Lanham. This event, which includes 8 hours of free CLE, is an opportunity to learn about Congressman Fritz Lanham, the history of the Lanham Act, and the important role that the Lanham Act plays in protecting American businesses and American consumers.

     

    The 75th Anniversary celebration will feature a “State of the Office” interview with Drew Hirshfeld and Hope Shimabuku of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

     

    Next, a blockbuster all-women panel will provide an engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking discussion about strategies for success in the world of intellectual property law. Moderated by Molly Buck Richard, the panel will include Lisa Blatt, who argued the Bookings.com case before the United States Supreme Court, Dorian Daley of Oracle, former Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison, Michelle Lee of Amazon, Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter.

     

    Over lunch, Commissioner for Trademarks David Gooder will provide the keynote address. The program will also include special remarks from US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas, Chief Judge Gerard Rogers of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and Jennifer McDowell of the International Trademark Association.

     

    The program will conclude with the world premiere of the 75 Years of the Lanham Act, a documentary film by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

     

    We hope you can join us for the 75th Lanham Act celebration on June 17-18, 2021.

     

    Co-Chairs

    Joe Cleveland and Craig Stone

  • AGENDA

    8 Hrs Free CLE

    Thursday, June 17

    “Nuts and Bolts” Bootcamp for those interested in learning more about trademark law as well as live hearings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  6 CLE hours.

    Welcoming Remarks

    9:00AM - 9:05AM CST
     
    Course Director:
    Joe Cleveland
    Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
    State Bar of Texas

    Opening Remarks

    9:05AM - 9:10AM CST
     
    Drew Hirshfeld
    Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
    Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Trademark Fundamentals

    9:10AM - 9:55AM CST
    .5 CLE credit hour
     
    Jason Lott
    Attorney Advisor for the USPTO Trademarks Customer Outreach

    Break

    9:55AM - 10:00AM CST

    How do I file a trademark application and what does the USPTO do with my

    application?

    10:00AM - 10:30AM CST
    .5 CLE credit hour
     
    Jason Lott
    Attorney Advisor for the USPTO Trademarks Customer Outreach

    Overview of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    10:30AM - 10:55AM CST
    .5 CLE credit hour
     
    The Honorable Mark Thurmon
    Deputy Chief Judge, USPTO TTAB

    Case Summary for Opposition No. 91239006, Cao v. Apple, Inc.

    10:55AM - 11:10AM CST
     
    The Honorable Frances S. Wolfson
    TTAB Judge

    Break

    11:10AM - 11:20AM CST

    Live Hearings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    11:20AM - 12:30PM CST
    2.0 CLE credit hours

    Break

    12:30PM - 12:40PM CST

    The Judges Panel—Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    12:40PM - 1:50PM CST
    1.0 CLE credit hour
     
    TTAB Judges:
    The Honorable Peter Cataldo
    The Honorable Jyll Taylor
    The Honorable Thomas Wellington
    The Honorable Cindy Greenbaum
     
    Moderator: 
    Megan Hoyt
    Law Clerk to US Magistrate Judge Susan Hightower
    US District Court for the Western District Court of Texas

    Break

    1:50PM - 2:05PM CST

    I've got my trademark registered, how do I protect and maintain it?

    2:05PM - 2:30PM CST
    .5 CLE credit hour
     
    Asha Allam
    Partner, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg

    What is the Trademark Modernization Act & what resources are available for

    trademark owners, brand managers, and new trademark practitioners?

    2:30PM - 3:30PM CST
    1.0 CLE credit hour
     
    Amy Cotton
    Deputy Commissioner for the USPTO Trademark Examination Policy

    Friday, June 18

    Morning program features a “State of the Office” interview with Drew Hirshfeld and Hope Shimabuku. Next, a blockbuster all-women panel will provide an engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking discussion about strategies for success in the world of intellectual property law. Over lunch, Commissioner David Gooder provides a keynote address. And finally, in the afternoon, the program will feature the world premiere of the Lanham documentary produced by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 2 CLE hours.

    Welcoming Remarks

    9:00AM - 9:05AM CST
     
    Course Director:
    Joe Cleveland
    Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
    State Bar of Texas

    Opening Remarks

    State of the Office Interview

    9:05AM – 9:30AM CST
    .5 hour CLE credits
     
    Drew Hirshfeld
    Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
    Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
     
    Hope Shimabuku
    Regional Director, Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Break

    9:30AM - 9:40AM CST

    Successful Women in Intellectual Property Law

    9:40AM – 11:00AM CST
    1 hour (.5 ethics) CLE credits
     
    Lisa Blatt
    Chair, Supreme Court and Appellate Practice
    Williams & Connolly, LLP
     
    Dorian Daley
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel
    Oracle Corporation
     
    Mary Boney Denison
    Former Commissioner for Trademarks
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
     
    The Honorable Michelle K. Lee
    Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
    Former Director United States Patent and Trademark Office
    Vice President
    Machine Learning Solutions Lab
    Amazon Web Services
     
    The Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn
    Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
     
    Shira Perlmutter
    Register of Copyrights
    Director, United States Copyright Office
     
    Moderator:
    Molly Buck Richard
    Richard Law Group
     
    Remarks
    Jennifer McDowell
    Director, Government Relations
    International Trademark Association

    Break

    11:00AM - 11:10AM CST

    Welcome and Opening of IP Law Section Annual Meeting

    11:10AM - 11:45AM CST
     
    Annual Meeting Remarks
    Leisa Talbert Peschel
    Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
    State Bar of Texas
     
    Announcement of Inventor of the Year Award
     
    Announcement of Tom Arnold Lifetime Achievement Award
     
    Announcement of Fritz Lanham Trademark Award
     
    Remarks
    The Honorable Gerard F. Rogers
    Chief Judge, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
     
    Remarks
    The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo
    Secretary of Commerce
    United States Department of Commerce
     
    Keynote Address
    David S. Gooder
    Commissioner for Trademarks
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
     
    .5 hour CLE credit
     
    World Premiere
    75 Years of the Lanham Act
    A documentary film by the National Inventors Hall of Fame
     
    Presentation
    The Honorable Kay Granger
    12th Congressional District of Texas
    United States House of Representatives
  • Fritz Garland Lanham—Father of American Trademark Protection

     

    NOW AVAILABLE, SPECIAL EDITION COMMEMORATIVE BOOK

    In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Lanham Act, the Texas Intellectual Property Law Foundation commissioned a beautiful commemorative limited edition book about this important milestone in trademark protection.

     

    When Texas Congressman Fritz G. Lanham gaveled the hearing to order as the chair of the House Committee on Trademarks in 1937, he could not have envisioned how significant an impact his legislative efforts would become. Author Joe Cleveland traces Lanham’s rise from small-town prosecutor on the windswept plains of the Lone Star State to the halls of Congress, where his long and distinguished congressional career burnished his reputation as a legislative giant. The book recaps stories of famous trademark court cases and offers a glimpse into how some prominent trademarks came into our everyday consciousness. Fritz Garland Lanham—Father of American Trademark Protection is a remarkable story about the history of protecting American business and American consumers and how one man changed it all.

     

    All sales proceeds from the book will fund a diversity scholarship program sponsored by the Texas Intellectual Property Law Foundation in Congressman Fritz G. Lanham’s honor.

     

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  • 75 Years of the Lanham Act

    Co-produced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas

  • Presidential Proclamation

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Lanham Act, which is this Nation’s fundamental trademark law. Trademark protection enables small businesses to benefit from the investments that they make to establish brand awareness and brand loyalty. In addition, trademarks help to protect consumers from counterfeits and other deceitful practices that defraud them and endanger their health and safety.

     

    President Joe R. Biden, Jr

    A Proclamation on World Intellectual Property Day, 2021

  • Texas Bicameral Resolution

    SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 324 HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 1962

     

    WHEREAS, July 5, 2021, is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Lanham Act by President Harry S. Truman, marking a significant milestone in the effort to protect American consumers and manufacturers from the proliferation of counterfeit goods; and

     

    WHEREAS, Counterfeit products undermine laws, threaten the economy, and pose both potential and actual harm to consumers in Texas and across the nation; in April 2021, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that counterfeit goods were on the rise, constituting as much as 3.3 percent of globally traded goods at a cost of $500 billion; there are approximately 135,000 registered trademarks owned by Texas businesses and more than 2.5 million active trademarks in the United States, and each year, brand owners ranging from small businesses to major corporations collectively spend billions of dollars to remove counterfeit products from circulation; and

     

    WHEREAS, Also known as the Trademark Act of 1946, the Lanham Act provides the foundation for modern federal trademark protection, creating remedies for brand owners and helping consumers by reducing the number of counterfeit and confusingly similar products in the marketplace; cited in over 50 Supreme Court decisions and 54,000 cases in state and federal courts, the act has helped establish a nationwide framework for the protection of logos, words, phrases, names, packaging, scents, shapes, colors, and other elements of trademark; these measures help protect the integrity of consumer goods ranging from soap and toothpaste to pharmaceuticals and military equipment; and

     

    WHEREAS, The primary sponsor of the act was Fritz Lanham of Fort Worth, who represented the 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1919 to 1947; during his remarkable 27-year tenure, he served as chair of the House Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, playing a vital role in the construction of such important federal buildings as the Pan American Union Building, the Longworth House Office Building, and many U.S. courthouses and post offices; he also served on the Supreme Court Building Commission under former president and chief justice William Howard Taft, helping to oversee the construction of the U.S. Supreme Court building, on time and under budget; and

     

    WHEREAS, For 75 years, the Lanham Act has enabled the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to administer a strong and effective federal trademark system, and in so doing, this important legislation has helped protect both brand owners and consumers in the marketplace; now, therefore, be it

     

    RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 87th Legislature, hereby commemorate the 75th anniversary of the passage of the Lanham Act and pay tribute to the life and legacy of U.S. Representative Fritz Lanham.

     

    The above Resolution was adopted by the Texas Senate on April 27, 2021.

     

    The above Resolution was adopted by the Texas House of Representatives on May 31, 2021.

  • Speakers | Friday, June 18

    In Order of Appearance

    Drew Hirshfeld

    Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Mr. Hirshfeld's permanent role is Commissioner for Patents, where he manages and leads the Patents organization as its chief operating officer. He is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of the organization that affect administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration.

     

    Prior to serving as Commissioner for Patents, Mr. Hirshfeld held the positions of Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Hirshfeld began his career in 1994 as a Patent Examiner and became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001. He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 as a Group Director in Technology Center 2100.

     

    Mr. Hirshfeld received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and his law degree from Western New England College School of Law.

    Hope Shimabuku

    Regional Director, Texas Regional Office

    United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Regional Director Hope Shimabuku carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and is responsible for leading the Texas regional office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Director Shimabuku ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

     

    Director Shimabuku brings to the USPTO nearly two decades of experience as an engineer and intellectual property attorney. Most recently, Director Shimabuku was part of the Office of General Counsel at Xerox Corporation serving as Vice President and Corporate Counsel responsible for all intellectual property matters for Xerox Business Services LLC. She also worked for BlackBerry Corporation advising on United States and Chinese standards setting, cyber security, technology transfer, and intellectual property laws and legislation. As an engineer, she worked for Procter & Gamble and Dell Computer Corporation.

     

    She is past Chair and first Asian American Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section and sits on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Texas Law School. She served as Pupilage Group Leader, a Barrister Mem­ber and Inaugural Member of the Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court, and served as a facilitator for the DFW Women in Intellectual Property group. She is a past president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, chaired the Dallas Diversity Task Force, and served on the board of the Dallas Bar Association and as a member of the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas – District 6. Throughout her career, Ms. Shimabuku has champi­oned diversity efforts, and was honored with the DCEO Champion of Diversity Award by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

     

    Director Shimabuku received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

    Lisa Blatt

    Chair, Supreme Court and Appellate practice

    Williams & Connolly, LLP

    Lisa Blatt serves as the Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice in Washington DC. She has argued 41 cases before the United States Supreme Court, more than any woman in history. She has prevailed in 37 of them, with one pending. Many of her cases before the Supreme Court have involved issues of intellectual property law, the most recent of which was the Booking.com and Romag cases. Managing IP named her the 2021 “Practitioner of the Year (Appellate)” for her work as lead counsel to Booking.com before the Supreme Court. The National Law Journal has called her a "visionary" and one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." Bloomberg has described her as a "legendary high court litigator" while The National Journal likewise has referred to her as a "SCOTUS legend." Lisa’s appellate work has been highlighted by multiple publications and has earned her rankings in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, and Washingtonian magazine. In 2020, Benchmark Litigation selected Lisa as one of the “Top 10 Women in Litigation” in the United States.

     

    Ms. Blatt began her career at Williams & Connolly as an associate before joining the general counsel’s office at the Department of Energy, followed by thirteen years in the Office of the Solicitor General. She is the author of “Reflections of a Lady Lawyer” published by the Texas Law Review.

     

    Ms. Blatt received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree summa cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law before clerking for The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    Dorian Daley

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Oracle Corporation

    Dorian Daley serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Oracle Corporation. She began her career at Oracle in 1992 after spending five years with the commercial litigation group of Landels, Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco. She is a 1986 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Stanford University. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Daley served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal, with management responsibility for the Oracle Litigation group. In leading and working within the litigation group, Ms. Daley participated in and oversaw all business and IP-related disputes, litigation, and investigations worldwide, including matters relating to Oracle's Compliance and Ethics program and its merger and acquisition legal strategy. She was also active in commercial process and policy review.

     

    Following her appointment as General Counsel in 2007, Ms. Daley has continued to be an active participant in litigation, dispute resolution, investigations, Oracle’s Compliance and Ethics program and commercial policy and practice reviews, as well as to lead the many legal and compliance practice groups within Oracle. Ms. Daley also works closely with other members of executive management and the Oracle board of directors to provide legal counsel on myriad tactical and strategic issues affecting Oracle's growing business and the evolving governance issues it faces. Ms. Daley served as Oracle’s Corporate Secretary from 2007 through 2017 and acted directly as its Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer from July 2014 until April 2016.

     

    Ms. Daley has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including the 2010 Diversity Gala Award from Santa Clara University School of Law for being a role model for women and minorities in the legal field, and the 2011 Best General Counsel Award (Large Public Company), by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ethisphere Institute recognized Ms. Daley as one of the Attorneys Who Matter in the Top General Counsel category; in 2012 the San Francisco Business Times named her as one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women; in 2012 Corporate Counsel Magazine identified her as one of the Top Legal Officers; and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Santa Clara Law Alumni Special Achievement Award, Honoring Lawyers Who Lead.

     

    In 2015, Ms. Daley was named one of the Women Leaders in Tech Law, and singled out as one of 10 "Power Players" - lawyers who stand out as trailblazers, mentors and advocates for women in tech, by the editors of The Recorder. In 2016, Ms. Daley accepted the National Association of Women Lawyers Challenge Award for the significant number of women in the legal department and in leadership positions; Ms. Daley was named as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal; and Ms. Daley’s legal department was named as one of the Best Legal Departments by Corporate Counsel Magazine. In February 2019 Ms. Daley was named as a “Legend of the Law” awarded by the prestigious Burton Awards (in association with the Library of Congress), a national honor given to General Counsel whose careers in the law have been exemplary.

     

    Ms. Daley has been featured by Profile Magazine in its coverage of General Counsel of Fortune 100 Companies and by the California International Law Journal in 2015, and has served on numerous panels regarding technology, the role of the General Counsel, compliance and ethics, diversity and many substantive practice areas. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Executive Committee of BSA | The Software Alliance, which is the leading advocate for the software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. In 2017, Ms. Daley joined the Board for ChIPs (Chiefs for Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in technology, law and policy. She is a member of the American College of Governance Counsel, formerly served as a member of the executive committee for the Securities Regulation Institute Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Santa Clara University Law School Advisory Board. At Santa Clara she has also served on the Diversity Gala organizing committee, the Hi Tech Law Institute Board and she has taught in during sessions of the In House Counsel Institute. In 2021 Ms. Daley was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.

    Mary Boney Denison

    Former Commissioner for Trademarks

    United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Mary Boney Denison served as the Commissioner for Trademarks for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2015-2019. In that role, Ms. Denison oversaw all aspects of the Trademarks organization, including policy, operations and budget relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.

     

    Ms. Denison joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations where she was responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination, and registration processes. She led outreach to the trademark legal community, small businesses, and applicants without legal counsel, and was an active participant in meetings with the world’s largest trademark offices, promoting projects aimed at harmonizing trademark practices and procedures. While at the USPTO, she initiated several projects to enhance and expand internal and external communications as well as employee career development. Ms. Denison implemented mandatory electronic filing for trademarks, decluttering the Trademark Register, updated the IT systems, and enhanced the customer experience. Ms. Denison retired from the USPTO at the end of 2019 and is now pursuing creative endeavors in North Carolina.

     

    Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Denison practiced law in the area of trademark prosecution and litigation, as a founding partner of Manelli, Denison & Selter PLLC in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 2011, and as a partner of Graham & James LLP, where she practiced for 10 years. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for three years, and also served a three-year term on the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).

     

    Ms. Denison holds degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law from which she received the UNC School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

     

    Ms. Denison received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Trademark Review in 2020 and was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in IP” in the world by Managing Intellectual Property magazine in 2019.

    Honorable Michelle K. Lee

    Vice President

    Machine Learning Solutions Lab

    Amazon Web Services

    Ms. Lee served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office under President Obama. She led one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world with over 13,000 employees and $3 billion budget and was the principal advisor to the President (through the Secretary of Commerce) on intellectual property policy. Ms. Lee is the first woman and first person of color to hold the position in our country’s over 220-year history. From 2017 to 2018, Ms. Lee held the appointment as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and served on public and private company boards. Before public service and academia, she was Deputy General Counsel at Google and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy, partner at the law firm of Fenwick & West and a litigator at the trial boutique firm of Keker & Van Nest. Before her legal career, Ms. Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratories.

     

    Ms. Lee holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School and was a clerk for federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Ms. Lee co-founded ChIPs (loosely standing for Chief IP Counsels), a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of women in technology, law and policy. Ms. Lee is currently the Vice President of the Machine Learning Solutions Lab at Amazon Web Services.

    Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn

    Chief Judge, United States District Court

    Northern District of Texas

    Chief Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn has been a federal district judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas since 2000. On May 1, 2016, Judge Lynn became the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas, the first female Chief in Texas. For seven years, Judge Lynn served as a member, and then as chair, of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, part of the Judicial Conference of the United States. She chaired the Litigation Section, Judicial Division and the Federal Trial Judges Conference of the American Bar Association. She also has been the chair of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program of the ABA Litigation Section, which places minority and disadvantaged students in state and federal clerkships. She is a Judicial Advisor for The Sedona Conference patent working groups. In 2019, Judge Lynn received the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. Judge Lynn has been a member of the board and is the Vice-President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. In 2011, a new American Inn of Court chapter in Dallas, dedicated to intellectual property, was chartered and was designated by its founding members as The Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court. Judge Lynn was the first recipient of the Louise Raggio Award awarded by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association for her contributions to the profession.

     

    Judge Lynn received her undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and her law degree summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

    Shira Perlmutter

    Register of Copyrights

    Director, United States Copyright Office

    Register Shira Perlmutter is the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective October 25, 2020. Register Perlmutter leads a workforce of over 400 employees, advises Congress on copyright policy, and directs the administration of important provisions of the United States Copyright Act. Prior to her appointment as Register, Register Perlmutter had served since 2012 as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that position, Register Perlmutter was a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and oversaw the USPTO’s domestic and international IP policy activities; legislative engagement, through the Office of Governmental Affairs; education and training, through the Global Intellectual Property Academy; global advocacy, through the IP Attaché Program; and economic analysis, through the Office of the Chief Economist.

     

    Before joining the USPTO, Register Perlmutter was Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner. Register Perlmutter previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on copyright and electronic commerce. In 1995, she was appointed as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office. She was the copyright consultant to the Clinton Administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure in 1994 and 1995.

     

    Register Perlmutter is a research fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University. From 1990 through 1995, she was a law professor at The Catholic University of America, teaching copyright law, trademark and unfair competition law, and international intellectual property law. Previously, she practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and trademark counseling and litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on international intellectual property law and policy and has published numerous articles on copyright issues.

     

    Register Perlmutter received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Molly Buck Richard

    Richard Law Group

    Ms. Richard has almost 40 years of experience in trademark and copyright law and is consistently ranked one of the top attorneys in her field. Ms. Richard manages worldwide trademark portfolios for major brand owners in the fields of fashion, transportation, retail products and restaurant services, among others. In addition to providing skilled advice on trademark selection and protection around the world, Ms. Richard also is an experienced litigator and works with clients to develop strategies for obtaining desired business results in and out of litigation. Ms. Richard has prosecuted thousands of trademark applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and routinely handles opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

     

    Ms. Richard is a Past President and Founding Master of the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn Inn of Court and Past Chair of the Texas State Bar Intellectual Property Section and Dallas Bar Intellectual Property Section.

     

    Ms. Richard received her undergraduate degree from Austin College and her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

    Jennifer McDowell

    Director, Government Relations

    International Trademark Association

    Jennifer McDowell serves as the Director of Government Relations for the International Trademark Association (INTA). As Director, Ms. McDowell serves as INTA’s liaison with federal and state policy makers and government officials and contributes to the development of INTA’s positions on national and global intellectual property (IP) issues. Prior to joining INTA in 2019, Ms. McDowell served as Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel at the United States Trade Representative. She was the lead IP attorney for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and engaged with Congress and industry stakeholders on complex issues. Ms. McDowell also served as Pro Bono Coordinator in the, Office of the Under Secretary and Director, and as Associate Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

     

    Ms. McDowell received her law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama.

    Honorable Gerard F. Rogers

    Chief Judge, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    United States Patent and Trademark Office

    Judge Rogers is the Chief Administrative Trademark Judge of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). As the TTAB Chief Judge, he is responsible for all ongoing operations of the TTAB as well as strategic planning for future operations.

     

    The TTAB hears and decides appeals by trademark applicants from final refusals of registration issued by USPTO examining attorneys; oppositions brought by outside parties to challenge applications approved by examining attorneys; petitions filed by outside parties to cancel trademark registrations issued by the USPTO; and determines geographic division of territories for marks involved in concurrent use proceedings.

     

    Before taking on responsibility for TTAB operations, Judge Rogers spent 10 years serving as one of the board’s judges, sitting on panels to hear appeal and trial cases, and authoring final decisions in such cases. He also was the primary author of a package of rule changes issued in 2007 that changed the ways in which trial cases at the TTAB are prosecuted and defended.

     

    Judge Rogers began his career at the USPTO in December 1987 as a Trademark Examining Attorney, served as a staff attorney for the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks, and joined the TTAB as an Interlocutory Attorney in 1992. He was named a judge of the TTAB in 1999.

     

    A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Judge Rogers earned his J.D. from New England School of Law.

    Honorable Gina M. Raimondo

    Secretary of Commerce

    United States Department of Commerce

    Gina M. Raimondo serves as the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris on March 3, 2021. Secretary Raimondo was formerly the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and its first woman governor.

     

    Secretary Raimondo graduated with honors from Harvard, where she was recognized as the top economics student in her class. She won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where she earned a doctorate. She later graduated from Yale Law School. Secretary Raimondo clerked for US District Judge Kimba Wood and served as founding employee and senior vice president at Village Ventures. She also founded Point Judith Capital. In November 2010, Secretary Raimondo was elected to serve as General Treasurer of Rhode Island. Secretary Raimondo was sworn into office as Governor in January 2015 and won a second term in 2018. She also served as chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association in 2019.

    David S. Gooder

    Commissioner for Trademarks

    United States Patent and Trademark Office

    David S. Gooder is the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Commissioner serves as the primary agency official for trademarks, domestically and internationally, and is responsible for all aspects of the Trademarks organization, including policy, operations, and budget relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.

     

    Mr. Gooder has worked for more than 25 years on intellectual property and brand-protection challenges facing iconic global brands, notably in the distilled spirits and wine industries. Prior to joining the USPTO, he served as the founding Managing Director and Chief Trademark Counsel at Jack Daniel’s Properties. Additionally, he was the Chief Trademark Counsel for Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns over 30 distilled spirits and wine brands. In that position, Mr. Gooder directed the company’s global intellectual property work, including its large trademark portfolio, rights clearance, brand protection (including anti-counterfeiting), licensing, and entertainment deals for the brands. Before that, Mr. Gooder practiced trademark, copyright, and entertainment law at Graham & James in Los Angeles and Luce Forward in San Diego.

     

    Mr. Gooder has been an officer and served two terms on the Board of Directors for the International Trademark Association (INTA). He has also served as Chairman of the INTA Foundation.

     

    Mr. Gooder received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

    Honorable Kay Granger

    Congresswoman, 12th Congressional District of Texas

    United States House of Representatives

    A leader in national defense and global security, United States Congresswoman Kay Granger serves the 12th congressional district of Texas—the same district once served by Representative Fritz G. Lanham. Representative Granger made history in 1997 as the first Republican woman to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

     

    In 2020, Representative Granger was re-elected by her colleagues to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress. As the Committee’s Lead Republican since 2019, Representative Granger works closely with House leadership, the Senate, and the White House to ensure that the needs of the American people are properly met and funded.

     

    Representative Granger was previously the first Republican woman to sit on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and went on to serve as the Chairwoman of the subcommittee, which accounts for the majority of all federal funding appropriated by the Committee. She also previously served as the Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

     

    In 2020, Representative Granger was awarded the U.S. National Guard Association’s Harry S. Truman Award, the Association’s highest honor. She has also received the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the top civilian honors respectively bestowed by the Secretaries of the Navy and the Army.

     

    Representative Granger is an inductee of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame, and she has received the Texas Association of Business’ Bob Bolen Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement Award and the Texas Wesleyan University’s Law Sone Medal.

     

    She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, sits on the Board of Directors of the International Republican Institute and Southwestern University, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

     

    A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Granger attended local public schools and graduated from Texas Wesleyan University. She taught high school journalism and English at Richland High School. Later, as the owner of a successful small business, she entered public service to address issues impacting her community. Granger served as the Chair of the Fort Worth Zoning Commission, then was elected to the City Council—and in 1991, she was elected the first female Mayor of Fort Worth. Her success as Mayor was recognized when Fort Worth received the coveted All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

  • MCLE Credit - Texas

    Course Title: The Lanham Trademark Act CLE

    Course Number: 174122094

    Credit Hours: 8.00

    Ethics Hours: 0.50

  • Intellectual Property Law Section

    State Bar of Texas

    Executive Council Members

    Leisa Talbert Peschel, Chair

    Jackson Walker LLP

     

    Michael Locklar, Chair-Elect

    Adolph Locklar

     

    Derrick Pizarro, Immediate Past Chair

    Pizarro Allen

     

    Joseph Cleveland, Vice Chair

    Bracket & Ellis, P.C.

     

    Devika Kornbacher, Secretary

    Vinson & Elkins, LLP

     

    Thomas Kelton, Treasurer

    Haynes and Boone, LLP

     

    Michael Smith, Newsletter Officer

    Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith

     

    Austin Teng, Website Officer

    Thompson & Knight

    Council Members

    Craig Stone

    Phillips 66

     

    Elise Selinger

    Patterson + Sheridan LLP

     

    Nick Guinn

    Gunn Lee & Cave P.C.

     

    David Cho

    AT&T Services

     

    Michele Connors

    Cirrus Logic

     

    Kat Li

    McKool Smith

     

    Yocel Alonso

    Alonso P.L.L.C.

     

    Marylauren Ilagen

    Mary Kay Inc.

     

    George W. Jordan, III

    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

    Ex Officio

    Hope Shimabuku

    United States Patent & Trademark Office