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.

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Register for the 2014 Institute

NOTE: If you are a speaker or an authorized guest of the Institute, and you are NOT paying to register to attend the Fall Institute, please email Elizabeth King at if you would like to register for the FREE Diversity Breakfast.

If you are a registered attendee of the Institute, but did not register for the Diversity Breakfast ahead of time, please email Elizabeth King at if you would like to attend and we will add you to the list.

Scheduled to speak are the following renowned jurists:

Keynote Lunch Speaker:

Judge Barbara LynnHon. Barbara Lynn, N.D. Tex.
Barbara M. G. Lynn took the oath of office as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas on February 14, 2000. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia, Judge Lynn graduated first in her class at Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1976. Upon her graduation from law school, she joined the Dallas law firm of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, and remained there until she took the bench. She was named a partner in the firm in 1983 and served on the firm's executive committee from 1983 to 1999.

Judge Lynn served as the 1998-99 Chair of the American Bar Association's 60,000 member Section of Litigation, and received SMU Law School's Distinguished Alumni Award for private practice in 1999. She was the first recipient of the Louise Raggio award given by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association for her contributions to the profession. She was listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Business Litigation from 1994-99 and was designated by the National Law Journal in 1998 as one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the country. In 2004, Judge Lynn was recognized as Judge of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2006, she was recognized by the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas as the Sarah T. Hughes Woman Lawyer of Achievement. Judge Lynn is the Past Chair of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States, Past Chair of the Federal Trial Judges Conference of the ABA Judicial Division and Past Chair of the ABA Judicial Division. She is Past President of the Dallas Chapter of the International Women's Forum. Judge Lynn has been the Chair of the Research Fellows of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, which is now the Center for American and International Law, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements, and President of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court. She is a member of the Executive Board and has been an Adjunct Professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law, is a Fellow and former Committee Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the American Law Institute. In 2010, she was recognized by the International Women's Forum with the Women Who Make A Difference Award. 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 recipient of the 2012 Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows Award and the 2012 Athena Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber. She is a member of the Committee to Select the Recipient of the Morton Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award at Colby College.

Judge Lynn is married to Michael P. Lynn, a Dallas trial lawyer. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

ADR Panel:

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

Judicial Panel:

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

Special Events

  • Reception - sponsored by The StoneTurn Group
    Thursday Evening, October 9
  • Diversity Breakfast - sponsored by White Men as Full Diversity Partners; JL Salazar IP; Boulware & Valoir; Winston & Strawn; Copy Source 1
    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 - sponsored by McDermott, Will & Emery; America First Legal Services; IPI: Intellectual Property Illustration; Baker Botts L.L.P.; Osha Liang LLP
    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 13.00 Hours Participatory CLE, including 3.50 Hours Ethics.


The Institute will be held at the luxurious and convenient Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston.

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 17, 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.

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.