BSEE, 1984, University of Texas
JD, 1988, University of Houston Law Center
Professional Leadership Positions:
Fellow – American Intellectual Property Law Association
Fellow – American Bar Foundation, Nomination and Election 2008
Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation, Nomination and Election 2005
Founding Master of the Houston Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Listed in Best Lawyers, 2012-2015
Listed in Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Avvo Rated – Superb
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section:
Council Member 2001-2004
Chair, Committee 108, Subcommittee C, Bona fied Purchaser Defense, 2001-2002
Co-Chair, 2000 Annual Meeting CLE Program
Co-Chair, 1999 Spring CLE Program
Chair, Committee 108, Patent System Policy, 1996-1999
Chair, Committee 104, Patent Contracts Other Than Government, 1994-1995
Chair, Committee 101, Subcommittee A, Patent Term Length, 1994-1995
Chair, Annual Meeting Program Planning, 1992-1993 (Co-chair, 1995-1996)
Member, Nominating Committee, 1993-1994
American Intellectual Property Law Association:
Public Appointments Committee, 2014
Amicus Committee, 2009-2011
Board of Directors, 2006-2009
Chair Patent Law Committee, 2004-2006
Vice-Chair, Patent Law Committee, 2002-2004
Member, Nominating Committee 2003-2004
2004 Mid-Winter Institute Planning Committee
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association:
Delegate to State Bar of Texas Resolutions Committee, 2004
Delegate to National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, 2003
Secretary, 1993-1994; 2001-2002
Amicus Committee, 1996-1997; 1999-2000
Member of the Board, 1997-1998
Chair Finance and Audit Committee, 1997-1998
Houston Bar Association:
Co-Chair of CLE Committee, 2004-2005
CLE Committee, 1999-2003
Law and Arts Committee, 1999-2000
Publications & Speeches:
Extraterritoriality in a Post-Transocean World, State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, 2014
Unseen Risk in International Transactions, Lawyer Monthly Magazine IP Global Expert Guide, 2014
New Supreme Court message: Be an owl, not an ostrich, BIC Alliance Magazine, August 2011
Patents: First to Invent vs. First to File, BIC Alliance Magazine, June 2011
Selling or Expanding Overseas, Avoiding Risk, BIC Alliance Magazine, March 2011
Intellectual Property Types and Uses, BIC Alliance Magazine, February 2011
Increasing Value with Intellectual Property, BIC Alliance Magazine, January 2011
Reducing Risk, Increasing Value with Intellectual Property, BIC Alliance Magazine, December 2010
Intellectual Property Law, Houston Law Alumni Association’s Day in the Life, Houston, 2008
E&P Acquisitions: Finding Opportunity and Avoiding Hidden Risks, E&P Magazine, December 2008
Trade Secret Review, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2006 Annual Meeting.
Patent Licensing, IP Licensing Nuts & Bolts, Lighthouse Seminars Group, Houston, 2005
Look at Noncompete Agreements with Risk Management Lens, Houston Business Journal, Houston, November 2004
Misuse and Antitrust in Intellectual Property Licenses, Advanced Licensing Transactions, Legal and Business Issues (Co-Chair), Law Seminars International, Houston, Atlanta, 2004.
When Do Damages Come to the Fore?, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2003 Fall Meeting.
Negotiating Technology Outsourcing, Law Seminars International, Seattle, 2003.
Intellectual Property Practically Speaking, Texas Public Relations Association’s 2003 Annual Conference, Houston, 2003
Update on the Law of Patents, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Mid-Winter Institute, Marco Island, 2003
When Do You Need An Opinion on a Patent?, Law Education Institute, Snowmass, 2003
Valuation of Intellectual Capital and Intellectual Property in Tough Times, Texas Technology Conference, Houston, 2002.
What Every Business Person Should Know About Intellectual Property, AIChe 2002 Spring National Meeting, New Orleans, 2002.
How to Structure Corporate IP Operations, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 25th Mid-Winter Institute, Phoenix, 2002.
When Does the Specification Limit the Scope of the Claims?, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Annual Meeting, Arlington, 2001.
Written Description and Enablement – Claim Interpretation, Priority, and Invalidity Under 35. U.S.C. § 112, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, Summer IPL Conference, Seattle, 2001.
Selling Non Obviousness in the Courtroom – Marshaling the Evidence, State Bar of Texas IP Section, Intellectual Property Law 2001, Dallas, 2001.
Can Activities In Mexico Cause Liability In The US For Patent Infringement?, Texas-Mexico Bar Association, Seventh Annual Conference, Chihuahua, Mexico, 2000.
E-Commerce and Business Methods -- What Type of Evidence Must a Challenger Use?, Practicing Law Institute, Patent Litigation 2000, New York City, 2000.
Inequitable Conduct, Laches and Other Non-statutory Defenses, PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York, 1996, 1997, 1998; National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, 2000; LEI Patent Program, Vail, 2000.
Developing The Evidence on Patent Validity Issues, Practicing Law Institute, Patent Litigation 1999, New York City, 1999.
Definiteness v. Equity: The Tension between the Desire to Protect the Inventor’s Contribution and the Desire for Clear Lines between Infringement and Non-infringement. National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Induction, Akron, 1999.
Update on the New Patent and Trademark Office Rules, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Annual Meeting, 1998.
Developing the Evidence of Invalidity, PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York, 1993-1995, 1999; LEI Patent Program, Vail, 1997.
Antitrust Problems when Asserting Intellectual Property Rights: Walker Process and Handgards Claims, 1994 PLI Patent/Antitrust Program, West Coast.
Best Mode Disclosure: Does the Information Improve the Operation or Effectiveness of the Claimed Invention? University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, 1993.
Changes in the Best Mode Requirement: Satisfying the Preferred Embodiment Rule and Using the Preferred Defense of the Nineties, 1994 ABA IP Section CLE Program, Washington, DC; 1992 State Bar Of Texas IP Section Annual CLE Program, Austin.
Inequitable Conduct: Things to Look for - Things to Look Out for, 1990 PLI Patent Litigation Program, New York.
Semiconductor Chip Protection, Maryland Journal of International Law and Trade (1988).