starAnnual IP Institute


The Thirty-Second Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law will be held on October 6 through 8, 2016, at the Moody Gardens hotel in Galveston Texas.

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Keynote Speaker: Hon. Kara Stoll, US Court of Appeals

  • Hon. Jeremy Fogel - Northern District of California
  • Hon. Lee Rosenthal - Southern District of Texas
  • Hope Shimabuku - US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hon. Georgianna Braden - US Patent and Trademark Office

Thursday, October 6 (Afternoon)

  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Reasonable Royalty Patent Damages
  • US Patent Infringement in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Global Dossier
  • Lawyer Ethics & Big Data (Ethics)
  • Applicants and Assignments
  • Lawyers & Cybersecurity (Ethics)
  • USPTO Dallas Office Update
  • Sponsored Reception

Friday, October 7

  • Sponsored Breakfast
  • IP Legislation
  • Patent Law Update (Pete Petersen) (Ethics)
  • Copyright Update
  • Keynote Speaker (Judge Stoll)
  • Proportionality Rule Judicial Panel (Ethics)
  • Top Ten Prosecution Tips
  • In-House Panel
  • Disqualification/Conflict Issues Involving IP Litigation and Multi-National Firms and Patent Prosecution (Ethics)
  • Panel: Update on AIA Trial Proceedings
  • Sponsored Wine and Cheese Evening Event

Saturday, October 8 (Morning)

  • Aftermath of Alice (Prosecution and Litigation Perspectives)
  • Trademark Update
  • Overlapping IP
  • Functional Claiming
  • IP in Europe after Brexit

Online registration available below. Questions: Contact 713.743.2180 or ipil@uh.edu.

Special Events

6:00 p.m. - Reception sponsored by StoneTurn Group to be held at Moody Gardens Hotel

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast: Judy Giordan, Managing Director of ecosVC, co-founder of Chemical Angels Network
6:00 p.m. - Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate: A Tour of Fine Wines and Pairings that Delight (led by renowned sommelier Sean Beck, the wine director of three-time James Beard Award nominee Hugo's, as well as Backstreet Cafe, Caracol, and Trevisio)


Speakers' papers will be provided in an electronic format via the web and smart phone software application Whova. Program Materials underwritten by Edmonds and Nolte, PC. You may purchase the materials without attending the conference for the fee specified on the registration form


Refunds will be made only if they are requested in writing and postmarked no later than September 14, 2016. 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 2.50 hours of ethics credit.


If you have any questions about the program, please call the UH Law Center's Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law at 713.743.2180.


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 14, 2016. 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:    $350/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.