starAnnual IP Institute


2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Annual Institute on Intellectual Property. It will be held October 9-11, 2014 at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. Several special events are planned for this year to celebrate the past 30 years of the Institute. On this remarkable anniversary, we are also pleased to announce that we have a record number of judges scheduled to speak, representing every district of Texas.

Scheduled to speak are the following renowned jurists:

ADR panel:

Hon. John Ward, E.D. Tex. (ret.)
Hon. Davis Folsom, E.D. Tex. (ret.)

Keynote lunch speaker:

Hon. Barbara Lynn, N.D. Tex.

Judicial Panel:

Hon. Nancy Atlas, S.D. Tex.
Hon. Michael Schneider, E.D. Tex.
Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, W.D. Tex.

Special Events

  • Reception
    Thursday Evening, October 9
  • Diversity Breakfast
    Friday Morning, October 10

    Engaging and Partnering with White Male Leaders to Build an Inclusive Work Culture
    Most U.S.-based diversity efforts have largely focused on people of color and white women while excluding white men. This has often created “scar tissue” in the form of skepticism, backlash and resistance that impacts efforts to create inclusive work cultures. During this session participants will explore diversity and inclusion from a perspective of full inclusion, specifically looking at the role white male leaders can take as full partners with people of color and white women in diversity and inclusion change efforts. By examining and shifting mindsets and assumptions around difference, all leaders can leverage their personal and collective courage to effectively partner together on the inclusion journey. This session will be expanded to include white male leaders to enhance application and partnership. Participants will leave this interactive session with greater awareness, curiosity and willingness to talk with others about diversity in new ways—often discussing what has been undiscussable.

    Bill ProudmanBill Proudman, Founding Partner and CEO
    White Men as Full Diversity Partners

    Bill Proudman pioneered white-male-only workshops in the mid-90s after repeatedly noticing that white male leaders disengaged from diversity efforts. His provocative work seeded the creation of White Men As Full Diversity Partners, an organization that guides leaders to a place of deeper understanding and awareness, heightened cultural competence, and transformative and courageous leadership. For over 35 years, he has served as a consultant, coach and facilitator to countless companies and organizations on issues of team effectiveness, cultural competence, diversity and leadership development. He is the founder and first board chair of the Experiential Training and Development Alliance and was twice president of the Association for Experiential Education. He wrote a six articles series published in Diversity & the Bar and co-authored a three-volume field guide on diversity partnerships.
  • Key Note Luncheon Speaker:
    The Honorable Barbara M. G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas
    Friday, October 10
  • Federal Judges Panel
    Featuring The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; The Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; and The Honorable Michael H. Schneider, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
    Friday Afternoon, October 10
  • Wine Tasting Event
    Featuring special wines and led by renowned Certified Sommelier Sean Beck of Backstreet Café, Caracol, Hugo's and Trevisio
    Friday Afternoon, October 10
  • Fall Institute Golf Tournament
    Saturday Afternoon, October 11, 2014


Speakers' papers will be provided in an electronic format. A flash drive containing the papers will be included in the registration fee and will be distributed during registration. You may purchase the materials in paper or electronic format without attending the conference for the fee specified on the registration form. Program materials underwritten by Jones Day and DW Legal.


Refunds will be made only if they are requested in writing and postmarked no later than September 4, 2014. If you do not attend the program and do not request a refund, you will be mailed the materials in electronic format.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education

This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas for 14.75 hours, including 3.25 hours of ethics credit.


The Institute will be held at the luxurious and convenient Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston. For those who sign up before September 12, 2014, the hotel is offering a special rate.

The Moody Gardens Hotel is located in Galveston, Texas, on Hope Boulevard. From Houston, take I-45 South and exit at 61st Street. Turn right on 61st Street and again on Stewart Road. From Stewart Road, stay in the right lane to go onto Jones Road. Turn right onto Hope Boulevard. The hotel will be on your right.

Hotel Rooms
A block of rooms has been reserved and is now available at special conference rates. Make your reservation directly with the Moody Gardens Hotel by phone at 888.388.8484

The deadline for making your reservation to guarantee a room at the special rate is September 4, 2014. After this date, reservations are made on a space-available basis only.

Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Boulevard
Galveston Island, Texas 77554
888.388.8484 or 409.741.8484

Jacuzzi Suite:    $310/night

Any cancellations must be received at least 48 hours prior to arrival date. All requests subject to availability. Reservations will be onsidered tentative unless guaranteed by first night's deposit or major credit card.

Texas CLE credit for the 2012 Institute may be claimed online via the "My Bar Page" at The Texas Bar CLE course number is 901254592. Total accreditation was 14.25 hours of participatory credit with 2.5 hours of ethics.

2013 Annual Institute

Papers not available on the flash drive at the 2013 Institute may be downloaded here.

2012 Annual Institute

Papers not available on the flash drive at the 2012 Institute may be downloaded here.

2011 Annual Institute

Papers that were received too late to be included in the materials distributed at the 2011 Insititute may be downloaded here

2010 Annual Institute

2010 Institute Survey

2008 Annual Institute

Papers that were received too late to be included in the materials distributed at the 2008 Institute may be downloaded here.

2007 Annual Institute

Papers that were received too late to be included in the materials distributed at the 2007 Institute may be downloaded here.