Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law

 

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COMMITMENT TO TEACHING EXCELLENCE

THE INSTITUTE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION LAW is built around the talents of its teachers. Four full-time faculty with outstanding credentials and a remarkable body of published work constitute the core of the program. To complement their perspectives, the Institute affiliates regular faculty in related areas and secures leading experts from legal and corporate environments to serve as adjunct faculty. Synthesizing textbook studies with real-world case studies gives students a solid understanding of fundamental principles—and a first-person appreciation of how to apply them to maximum effect.

FULL-TIME IPIL FACULTY

Paul Janicke

PAUL M. JANICKE HIPLA Professor of Law

B.E.E., Manhattan College; J.D., New York University; LL.M., George Washington University

A recognized expert on patent litigation, Professor Janicke clerked at the U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals in Washington, D.C., from 1969 to 1971 before joining the intellectual property firm of Arnold, White & Durkee, where he later served as managing partner. Professor Janicke joined the UH Law Center faculty in 1992.

SUBJECTS: Patent Law, Patent Litigation, Licensing & Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property Survey, Intellectual Property Advanced Topics Seminar, Military Law, Evidence

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Modern Patent Litigation (2d ed. 2006); Implementing the Adequate Remedy at Law: Relief Against Ongoing Patent Infringment When an Injunction is Denied, 51 Idea: The Journal of Intellectual Property Law 163 (2011); Venue Transfers from the Eastern District of Texas: Case-by-Case or an Endemic Problem?, Landslide 16 (March-April 2010); Patent Venue and Convenience Transfer: New World or Small Shift?, 11 N.C. J.L. & Tech On. 1 (2009); Die Reform des U.S. Patentrechts im Jahr 2007, 56 Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrect International Teil 791(2007); Patent Jury Verdicts: Myths and Realities, Intellectual Property Today (July 2007) 18; Who Wins Patent Infringement Cases?, 34 Aipla Q.J. 1 (2006); Four Key Points in the Current Patent Reform Effort in the United States, 5 ICFAI J. Intell. Prop. Rts. 14 (Hyderabad, India, 2006); Two Unsettled Areas of the Federal Circuit’s Patent Jurisdiction, 11 Va. J.L. & Tech. 1 (2006); On the Causes of Unpredictability of Federal Circuit Decisions in Patent Cases, 3 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 93 (2005); “Maybe We Shouldn’t Arbitrate”: Some Aspects of the Risk/Benefit Calculus of Agreeing to Binding Arbitration of Patent Disputes, 39 Hous. L. Rev. 693 (2002); To Be or Not To Be: The Long Gestation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 69 J. Antitrust L. 645 (2002).

For more information, visit Professor Janicke’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Craig Joyce

CRAIG JOYCE Andrews Kurth Professor of Law

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Oxford University; J.D., Stanford University

Professor Joyce is the lead author of the widely used casebook, Copyright Law (8th ed. 2010). His articles on copyright history and doctrine have appeared in numerous journals, including the Emory, Harvard, Houston, Michigan, UCLA, and Vanderbilt law reviews, and are cited regularly by the federal appellate courts. He edited The Majesty of the Law (2003) for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Professor Joyce practiced law at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix before entering academia in 1981, and has taught at the UH Law Center since 1986. Besides his duties at the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law since 1991, he has served as both Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Special Programs. He taught at the Institute on Chinese Law & Business in Beijing in Summer 2011.

SUBJECTS: Copyright, Advanced Copyright Seminar, American Legal History, Torts

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Copyright Law: The Statute of Anne Edition (2010) (with Leaffer, Jaszi & Ochoa); A Unified Theory of Copyright, by L. Ray Patterson & Stanley H. Birch, Jr. (Craig Joyce ed. 2009), originally published in 46 Hous. L. Rev. 215 (2009); The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice (2003, hardcover ed. 2003 & paperback ed. 2004) (written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and edited by Professor Joyce); The Statute of Anne: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 47 Hous. L. Rev. 779 and 1013 (2011); Intellectual Property in the United States, in Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (Katz ed., 2009); multiple entries in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Newman ed., 2009); Copyright in Context: Introduction, 44 Hous. L. Rev. 815 (2007); Lazy B and the Nation’s Court: Pragmatism in Service of Principle, 119 Harv L. Rev. 1257 (2006); A Good Judge, 30 J. S. Ct. Hist. 100 (2006); A Curious Chapter in the History of Judicature, 43 Hous. L. Rev. 325 (2005); “The Story of Wheaton v. Peters,” in Intellectual Property Stories (Ginsburg & Cooper eds., 2005); multiple entries in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2d ed. 2004); “Owning the Law,”in 100 Americans Making Constitutional History (2004); The Torch is Passed: Historical Preface to In-Chambers Opinions of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (2004); Copyright and Its Master in Historical Perspective, 51 J. Copr. Soc’y vii (2004); Copyright in 1791, 52 Emory L.J. 909 (2003) (with Patterson).

For more information, visit Professor Joyce’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Sapna Kumar

SAPNA KUMAR Assistant Professor of Law

B.S. (Mathematics), B.A. (Philosophy), University of Texas- Austin; J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Kumar is a rising patent law scholar currently working at the intersection of administrative law and patents. Her article The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC recently was cited in a report by the Federal Trade Commission. From 2003 to 2006, she practiced intellectual property litigation in Chicago at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and at Pattishall McAuliffe. She spent two years at Duke University Law School, where she was a faculty fellow and part of the Center for Genome Ethics Law & Policy. While at Duke, Professor Kumar taught a seminar in open-source software licensing. After completing her fellowship, Professor Kumar clerked for the Honorable Judge Kenneth F. Ripple on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Kumar’s current research examines the agency-like role that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit plays in patent law.

SUBJECTS: Patent Law, Administrative Law, Property

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Expert Court, Expert Agency, 44 UC Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming 2011); The Bilski Decision: What Does It Mean for the Future of Business Methodand Software Patents?, Computer L. Rev. Int’l (April 2010); 2009 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Panel Discussion: An Uncomfortable Fit?: Intellectual Property Policy and the Administrative State (with Murray, Maxxone, Travis & Abdel-khalik), 14 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 441 (2010);  The Other Patent Agency: Congressional Regulation of the ITC, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 529 (2009); Proprietary Science, Open Science, and the Role of Patent Disclosure: The Case of Zinc Finger Proteins, Nature Biotechnology 27, 140-144 (2009) (with Rai, Chandrasekharan & Valley); GPL Version 3’s DRM and Patent Clauses Under German and U.S. Law, Computer L. Rev. Int. (April 15, 2008) (with Koglin); Synthetic Biology: The Intellectual Property Puzzle, 85 U. Texas L. Rev. 1745 (2007) (with Rai); Enforcing The GPL, 2006 U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol’y 1.

For more information, visit Professor Kumar’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Jacqueline Lipton

JACQUELINE D. LIPTON Baker Botts Professor of Law

B.A. (Melb.), B.A. (Hons.) (La Trobe), LL.B. (Hons) (Melb.), LL.M. (Monash), LL.M. (Cantab.), Ph.D. (Griffith), Ph.D. (Cantab.)

Professor Lipton is a recognized expert in the fields of cyberlaw, intellectual property law, and comparative/international commercial law. She has served on the faculties of major research universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior to that, she worked for two major Australian commercial law firms as well as inhouse counsel at a major Australian bank. She is the co-author of one of the leading cyberlaw casebooks on the U.S. market as well as several sole-authored monographs on digital technology and the law.

SUBJECTS: Trademark Law, Cyberlaw, International Intellectual Property Law, International Business Law, and Contract Law.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Cyberspace Law Cases and Materials (3 ed. 2010) (with R. Ku); Internet Domain Names, Trademarks and Free Speech (Edward Elgar, 2010); Trademarks and Free Speech in ICANN’s New gTLD Process (Monash L. Rev., forthcoming 2012) (with M. Wong); and The Law of the Intermediated Information Exchange (Fla. L. Rev., forthcoming 2012); Combating Cyber- Victimization, 26 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1103 (2011); Copyright’s Twilight Zone: Digital Copyright Lessons from the Vampire Blogosphere, 70 Md. L. Rev. 1 (2010); Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property, and Restitution, 23 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 447 (2010) (selected as one of the best intellectual property law articles published in 2010 and reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review, forthcoming 2011); “We, the Paparazzi”: Developing a Privacy Paradigm for Digital Video, 95 Iowa L. Rev. 919 (2010); Mapping Online Privacy, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. 477 (2010) (solicited for symposium edition);To © or Not to ©?: Copyright and Innovation in the Digital Typeface Industry, 43 UC Davis L. Rev. 143 (2009); Celebrity in Cyberspace: A Personality Rights Paradigm for a New Personal Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, 65 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1445 (2008); A Winning Solution for YouTube and Utube? Corresponding Trademarks and Domain Name Sharing, 21 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 509 (2008) (selected as one of the best intellectual property law articles published in 2008 and reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review, 2009); Who Owns ‘hillary. com’?: Political Speech and the First Amendment in Cyberspace, 49 B.C. L. Rev. 55 (2008); Commerce versus Commentary: Gripe Sites, Parody and the First Amendment in Cyberspace, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1327 (2006); IP’s Problem Child: Shifting the Paradigms for Software Protection, 58 Hastings L.J. 205 (2006)

For more information, visit Professor Lipton's web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Raymond Nimmer

RAYMOND T. NIMMER Dean and Leonard H. Childs Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Valparaiso University

Raymond Nimmer is Dean and Leonard Childs Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is the author of over twenty books and numerous articles. His most recently published books are Modern Licensing Law (2008, West Publishing), The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003, Pratt & Sons), and The Law of Computer Technology (4th ed. 2009, West). Dean Nimmer is a frequent speaker at programs worldwide in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, business, and technology law. He was the Co-Reporter of the Drafting Committee on Revision of U.C.C. Article 2 and the Reporter of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). He has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. State Department. He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers, as well as Who’s Who in Law, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America in several categories. In addition to his expertise in technology and licensing issues, he is an expert in areas of business and bankruptcy law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Texas, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal courts of appeals.

SUBJECTS: Computer Law, Information Law, Digital Transactions, Network Law, Commercial Law, Commercial Paper, Creditors’ Rights, Law and Science, Bankruptcy, Contracts

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: The Law of Computer Technology (4th ed. 2009, updated 2010); Information Law (1996, updated 2010); Modern Licensing Law (2010 ed., with Jeff C. Dodd); The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003, updated annually, 2010) (with Holly K. Towle); Licensing of Intellectual Property and Other Information Assets (2005); Drafting Effective Contracts (2004, updated 2010, with Robert Feldman); Commercial Transactions: Secured Financing, Cases, Materials, Problems (3d ed. 2003) (with I. Hillinger & M. Hillinger); Information Wars and the Challenges of Content Protection in Digital Contexts, Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. ____ (2011); Copyright First Sale and the Over-Riding role of Contract, 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 101 (2011); Issues in Modern Licensing of Factual Information and Databases, in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Licensing (J. De Werra ed. 2011); Privacy and Personal Data Security: The Next Litigation Frontier (Washington Legal Foundation, 2009); Technical Standards Setting Organizations: A Case for Deference to Markets (2008); Licensing Information Assets in the New Economy: A Pro-Rights Perspective, Indian J.L. & Tech. (Bangalore, India 2008); Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, in 10 Uniform Commercial Code Series (William D. Hawkland ed., 1932, Supp. 2010); An Essay on Article Two’s Irrelevance to Licensing Agreements, 40 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 235 (2007); The Legal Landscape of Electronic Commerce: Redefining Contract law in an Information Era, 23 J. Cont. L. 10 (2007); Modernizing Secured Financing Law for International Information Financing: A Conceptual Framework, 6 Hous. Bus. & Tax. L.J. 1 (2006) (with Lorin Brennan); Google Print Library Project – Unfair Use of Copyright, 2006 Comp. L. Rev. Int’l 1; Licensing of Information Assets: Cases and Materials (2005, 2d ed. 2007); Contracts, Markets and Data Control, in BNA International Intellectual Property Reports (2005); First Amendment Speech and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: A Property Marriage, in Copyright and Free Speech: Comparative and International Analyses (Jonathan Griffiths & Uma Suthersanen eds., 2004), reprinted in ICFAI J. Intell. Prop. Rts. (2005).

For more information, visit Dean Nimmer’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/.

Vetter

GREG R. VETTER Associate Professor of Law

B.S.E.E., University of Missouri-Rolla; M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.B.A., Rockhurst University; J.D., Northwestern University

Professor Vetter is a leading expert on intellectual property systems as applied to software, with particular emphasis on free and open source software.  Prior to teaching, he gained extensive hands-on business experience in software design project management, product management, and product marketing. He practiced at Kilpatrick Stockton’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office in the firm’s technology law group, and obtained registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. He then clerked for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., before joining the UH Law Center faculty in 2002. Professor Vetter’s research interests include intellectual property, patents, the role of intellectual property in commercial law, and information technology law. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law during the 2006-07 academic year, and at the University of Washington School of Law during the Fall 2010 semester.

SUBJECTS: Internet Law, International Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, Licensing, Property

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Patent Law’s Unpredictability Doctrine & the Software Arts, Mo. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2011); Patenting Cryptographic Technology, 84 Chicago-Kent L. Rev. 757 (2010); Patent Law chapters for Intellectual Property Law (intellectual property survey course casebook forthcoming from LexisNexis); Embedding Thickets in Information Security?: Cryptography Patenting and Strategic Implications for Information Technology, solicited chapter in Harboring Data: Information Security, Law, and the Corporation (Andrea M. Matwyshyn ed., forthcoming Stanford University Press); Commercial Free and Open Source Software:  Knowledge Production, Hybrid Appropriability, and Patents, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2087 (2009); Slouching Toward Open Innovation: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Electronic Health Information, 30 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 179 (2009); Claiming Copyleft in Open Source Software:  What if the Free Software Foundation’s General Public License (GPL) Had Been Patented?, 2008 Mich. St. L. Rev. 279; Exit and Voice in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), solicited chapter in Open Source Software: Emerging Issues (G. Usha ed., 2008); Open Source Licensing & Scattering Opportunism in Software Standards, 48 B.C. L. Rev. 225 (2007); Exit & Voice in Free & Open Source Software Licensing: Moderating the Rein over Software Users, 85 Or. L. Rev. 183 (2006); Open Source Software and Information Wealth, solicited chapter in 4-volume treatise Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in a Digital Age (Peter Yu ed., 2006); “Infectious” Open Source Software: Spreading Incentives or Promoting Resistance?, 36 Rutgers L.J. 53 (2004); The Collaborative Integrity of Open Source Software, 2004 Utah L. Rev. 563 (2004).

For more information, visit Professor Vetter’s web page at www.law.uh.edu/faculty/gvetter/

AFFILIATED FACULTY

Darren Bush

DARREN BUSH, Professor of Law

B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., J.D., University of Utah

Professor Bush previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, with attention to state deregulation of electric utilities as well as mergers and anticompetitive conduct in wholesale and retail energy markets. He teaches Antitrust, Regulated Industries, Law & Economics, and Administrative Law.

SETH CHANDLER, Professor of Law

A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chandler is a leader in the emerging scholarly discipline of law and computation, where his scholarship uses computational modeling to better understand such areas of interest as insurance law, health law, economic analysis of law, and contracts. At UH, he teaches Computational Law, which includes various methods applied to the effect and operation of IP law.

Anthony Chase

ANTHONY R. CHASE, Associate Professor of Law

B.A., M.B.A., J.D., Harvard University

Professor Chase, a former telecom industry executive, has served as Deputy Chairman of the Regional Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch. He teaches Communications Law, Entrepreneurship, and Contracts at the Law Center, and also teaches in the UH Bauer College of Business’s top-ranked Entrepreneurship Program.

Barbara Evans

BARBARA EVANS, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director, Health Law & Policy Institute, and Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law

B.S.E.E., University of Texas at Austin (with Honors); M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University; J.D., Yale Law School; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Evans’s research interests include genomic and translational medicine, tissue banking, healthy data privacy, and biotechnology regulation. A member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics, at the UH Law Center she teaches Biotechnology and the Law.
Peter Linzer

PETER LINZER, Professor of Law

A.B., Cornell University; J.D., Columbia University

Professor Linzer has served as Reviser, Corbin on Contracts (Interpretation) and Editorial Reviser of the Restatement (Second) of Contracts. In addition to advanced contract drafting (including domestic and international IPIL-related documents), he teaches Constitutional Law and First Amendment, with research interests in free speech rights and Internet neutrality.

Michael Olivas

MICHAEL A. OLIVAS, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance

B.A., Pontifical College Josephinum; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University; J.D., Georgetown University

Professor Olivas, 2011 President of the AALS, is the nation's leading expert on higher education law. A prolific scholar, his writings are cited in the popular press and debated in academic institutions across the United States. He teaches Education Law and Legislation.
Lawrence Pinsky

LAWRENCE F. PINSKY, Physics Department Chair, College of Natural Sciences, University of Houston

B.S., Carnegie Mellon University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester; J.D., LL.M., University of Houston

Dr. Pinsky’s specialties include experimental particle physics, heavy ion physics, nucleon structure functions, space radiation simulation, medium energy physics, and charged particle detector development. He is actively involved in projects at CERN, BNL, NASA, and Fermilab. He teaches Internet Law and Intellectual Property Survey.
Jessica Roberts

JESSICA L. ROBERTS, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Institute

B.A., University of Southern California; J.D., Yale Law School

Professor Roberts currently is working on projects that explore the theoretical implications of health-care reform, the formation of genetic identity, and the antidiscrimination protection of health-related information.  Her scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Minnesota Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Colorado Law Review, among others. Professor Roberts teaches Introduction to Health Law, Disabilities and the Law, and Genetics and the Law.

Spencer Simons

SPENCER SIMONS, Associate Professor of Law, and Director, O’Quinn Law Library

B.A., J.D., M.B.A. (Finance), Master of Librarianship, University of Washington

Professor Simon’s professional background includes over a decade in banking and financial management, along with bankruptcy work as an attorney. His academic career led him to the directorship of the Law Center’s O’Quinn Law Library in 2004. He currently teaches Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, as well as Advanced Legal Research.

Geraldine Szott Moohr

GERALDINE SZOTT MOOHR, Alumnae Professor of Law

B.S., University of Illinois; M.S., Bucknell University; J.D., The American University

Professor Moohr is one of the nation’s leading scholars in federal criminal law, particularly fraud and white collar crime, and is the author of the path-breaking new casebook, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information. She teaches Property Crime in the Information Age.

ADJUNCT FACULTY

NATALIE ALFARO, Baker Botts L.L.P.

B.S., University of Texas; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Alfaro practices in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent litigation and prosecution. Ms. Alfaro works primarily on patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices and computer systems.  She also practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, reexamination requests and interferences involving an equally wide array of technologies.

YOCEL ALONSO

B.A., University of Houston, University of Salamanca, Spain; J.D., University of Houston

Mr. Alonso is a former chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  He represents clients in the entertainment business, including recording artists, record companies, publishers, radio and television personalities, and promotion companies.

RAY ASHBURG, The Dow Chemical Company

B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; J.D., Wake Forest University; LL.M., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Ashburg is Senior Counsel for Dow Chemical.  He teaches patent prosecution.

DAVID BENDER

Sc.B. (Applied Mathematics), Brown University; LL.B., University of Pennsylvania; LL.M. (Patent Law), S.J.D. (Computer Law), George Washington University

Mr. Bender, who specializes in privacy and data protection, information technology law, and intellectual property law, served as chair of White & Case LLP's global privacy practice prior to his retirement.

REBECCA BOLIN

B.A., Rice University; J.D. Yale Law School

Ms. Bolin was president of the Law & Technology Society at Yale and received a grant from Microsoft for her work with the Information Society Project. Her practice focuses on cyberlaw issues.

RONALD L. CHICHESTER, Ronald Chichester, PC

B.S., M..S., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Chichester, a patent and technology attorney with over two decades of experience, represents his own clients and consults for other law firms on technology related matters.

RUSSELL CHORUSH, Heim Payne + Chorush LLP

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D.,  Cornell University; J.D., University Houston Law Center

Dr. Chorush specializes in patent infringement and antitrust cases in the high technology arena, representing various clients in litigation in fields ranging from electronics to pharmaceuticals.

RICARDO COLMENTER, Weatherford International, Inc

J.D., UCAB Caracas Venezuela; LL.M. (Intellectual Property & Information Law), University of Houston Law Center; LL.M. (Intellectual Property and Human Rights), Raoul Wallemberg Institute, Lund University

Mr. Colmenter represented Venezuela in the Andean Community Meetings and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. His practice centers on transactional law.

ALI DHANANI, Baker Botts LLP  

B.S. (Computer Science), J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dhanani practices in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on patent prosecution regarding computer hardware and software and telecommunications systems, and is associate editor of patstats.org.

JEFF C. DODD, Andrews Kurth LLP

B.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Dodd’s practice centers on transactional information law, which involves developing e-commerce strategies, structuring hardware and software acquisition licensing, negotiating distribution agreements, and registering and enforcing intellectual property rights.

KATHY FRANCO, Biggers Kennedy Lenart Spraggins LLP

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Ms. Franco’s practice is focused on the transactional aspects of intellectual property protection of software and computer technologies.

VALERIE K. FRIEDRICH, JLSalazar Law Firm, PLLC

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Dr. Friedrich practices in all areas of intellectual property law, with a focus on client counseling, including formal opinions on issues of patent infringement and validity, multinational patent portfolio management and technology licensing.

SHARON A. ISRAEL, Mayer Brown LLP

S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., M.B.A., Emory University

Ms. Israel specializes in intellectual property law, with an emphasis on litigation, opinion work and client counseling, and experience in licensing and patent and trademark prosecution.

PAUL KRIEGER, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

B.S., University of Pittsburgh; LL.B., University of Maryland; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Krieger is a leading practitioner and author in the fields of trademark law, unfair competition law, and trade secret law. He has served as an adjunct professor at UHLC for more than two decades.

TERRIL G. LEWIS, Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, LLP

B.S.E.E., University of Notre Dame; M.E.E., Rice University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M., George Washington University

Mr. Lewis’s practice is devoted primarily to patent litigation, patent prosecution, and intellectual property counseling.

JOHN NORRIS, Winston & Strawn LLP

B.Ch.E., University of Arkansas; J.D., George Washington University

Mr. Norris practices is in the area of patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition matters, concentrating on patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies, especially those related to chemical and petrochemical technologies.

D.C. TOEDT

B.A. (Mathematics), J.D., The University of Texas

Mr. Toedt’s practice draws on his experience as former general counsel of a publicly-traded software company, and before that, as a partner in a large IP boutique law firm. He is the principal author of a one-volume treatise on The Law and Business of Computer Software.

HOLLY K. TOWLE, K&L Gates

A.B., Whitman College; J.D., University of Washington School of Law

Ms. Towle’s practice focuses on privacy and data security, commercial law as impacted by use of electronic media and information assets, payment systems, intellectual property such as software, and information and database issues.

PAUL VAN SLYKE, Locke Lord LLP

B.S., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., Southern Methodist University

Mr. Van Slyke is widely recognized as one of the top IP lawyers in the country. He has decades of intellectual property experience in client counseling and litigating in the fields of trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. Similarly, he has substantial experience in anti-counterfeiting, trade dress, trademark dilution, right of publicity, domain name disputes, licensing, trade secrets, and technology law.

JEREMY WELCH, Schlumberger Technology Corp

B.A., Rice University; J.D. University of Houston Law Center

Mr. Welch has represented clients in a variety of technologies, including recordable optical discs, inkjet printing, pharmaceuticals, and numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry.

OCCASIONAL FACULTY

DAVID HRICIK, Mercer University School of Law

B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Professor Hricik, a nationally known expert on intellectual property in relation to professional responsibility, occasionally teaches a Professional Responsibility course in the Law Center’s summer session.

COMPETITION COACHES

CARLYN BURTON, Osha Liang LLP 

B.S., Emory University; M.S., Emory University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

K. RACHELLE GOLDMAN, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Purdue University; M.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

PAUL KRIEGER, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP   

B.S., University of Pittsburgh; LL.B., University of Maryland; LL.M., George Washington University

CHRISTOPHER MCKEON, McKeon Attorneys PLLC

B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas A&M University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center

LINDSEY POWDRELL

B.A., University of Houston; J.D., Regent University School of Law

ALLISON REGAN, University of Houston Law Center  

B.S., Clemson University; J.D., Loyola University New Orleans

ALEXIS STEINBERG, Mosser Law PLLC

B.S., United States Naval Academy; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

DAVID TIEDE, Texas Consumer Complaint Center, University of Houston Law Center 

B.A., The University of Texas; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

PAUL VAN SLYKE, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

B.S., The University of Texas at Austin; J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law