Oct. 12, 2012 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Paul M. Janicke was honored recently for his 20 years of service to IPIL/Houston, the school’s Intellectual Property and Information Law program, which hosted its 28th annual conference in Galveston.
Each year’s Institute on Intellectual Property Law is planned and led by Janicke, HIPLA Professor of Law, and an annually elected chair from the Houston IP community. The conference regularly draws several hundred participants —regional, national, and international. The tribute by Janicke’s IPIL/HOUSTON co-director, Professor Craig Joyce, concluded the conference held at the Moody Gardens Hotel on Oct. 4-6
The Institute, a fixture of the Houston IP calendar (and an important provider of Continuing Legal Education hours, including ethics credits), has been held every year since 1984, hurricanes notwithstanding, and is a partnership between IPIL/HOUSTON and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA).
This year’s keynote speaker, Chief Judge James Smith of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Appeals, updated participants on the impact of the newly enacted America Invents Act and the board’s efforts to implement the AIA’s provisions.
Other highlights included presentations on cloud computing, challenging inventorship in patent litigation, and recent development in European practice, as well as updates on all areas of IP and information law.