Patent Law Seminars: Houston, Texas (February 21-22, 2019)

Houston, Texas skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn

Houston, Texas skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn


The Chisum Patent Academy will hold its next two-day Advanced Patent Law Seminar on Thursday/Friday, February 21-22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Because attendance is limited to ten persons, you may wish to email us at to confirm the availability of seats before registering.




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Houston, Texas Location:

Our Houston seminar will be held at the offices of:


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Bracewell LLP

711 Louisiana Street
Suite 2300
Houston, Texas

Founded in 1945, Bracewell LLP is a global law firm based in Houston. The firm has U.S. offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hartford, San Antonio, Seattle, Dallas, and Austin, and overseas offices in Dubai and London. Bracewell’s intellectual property counselling practice includes patent prosecution and enforcement, copyrights, trademarks, outsourcing, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. The firm’s other areas of specialization include energy, environmental strategies, financial institutions, financial restructuring, government, litigation, private investment funds, technology, and white collar defense.

Seminar Coverage:

The Chisum Patent Academy updates the syllabus for every one of our seminars in order to cover the most significant and timely Federal Circuit and Supreme Court patent law developments. Our seminars examine a wide range of patent prosecution and litigation topics. As of December 2019, we anticipate that the topics we’ll cover in Houston will include at least the following:

— Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit “blockbusters,” including a much-anticipated Supreme Court decision illuminating the operation of the section 102(b) on-sale bar under the AIA (SCOTUS hears oral argument in Helsinn v. Teva on 12/4/18);

— A spate of Federal Circuit decisions examining a host of permutations concerning what is and is not a section 102(b) printed publication (i.e., when is a reference sufficiently “publicly accessible”), a topic particularly important for IPRs because they must be grounded on patent and printed publication prior art;

— The latest section 101 decisions from the Federal Circuit, including a 2018 line of cases injecting fact-finding (with its deferential standard of review) to the “routine, conventional, and well understood” inquiry of Alice step two; and

— Patent enforcement/defenses topics including the latest developments on venue post-TC Heartland, the intent requirement for inducing infringement, new illustrations of the “directs or controls” requirement for divided infringement, and unenforceability based on inequitable conduct or unclean hands.

Complete syllabi from all our previous seminars are available here.

State Bar of Texas MCLE Credit:

We will apply to the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department or 12.0 MCLE total credits for the Houston seminar.

CLE credit for other states: Because of our small group size, the Chisum Patent Academy applies in advance for CLE accreditation only in those states where we conduct seminars. Where state bars require, we submit attendees’ names as they are listed on the sign-in sheet. If you are seeking CLE credit for a state other than the state where that seminar is being held, please apply directly to the appropriate state bar. We are happy to provide any necessary documentation required for your application.

Downtown Houston Location:

Our Houston seminar will be held at the offices of Bracewell LLP, located in downtown Houston at 711 Louisiana Street (Pennzoil Place – South Tower). Conveniently situated near Houston’s Theater District, Bracewell’s office is walking distance to the symphony, opera and theater performance venues.

The area’s largest airport is the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), located 20 miles north of downtown Houston. IAH is served by the following airlines: AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Aiways, Singapore Airlines, TACA, United Airlines, US Airways, and VivaAerobus. Hobby Airport (HOU) is located 11 miles south of downtown and is served by the following airlines: AirTran Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines. Additional information on both airports and transfers to downtown is available here.


Our two-day Patent Law Seminars run from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm each day, for a total of 12 seminar hours.

Our seminars are limited to ten (10) attendees. To maximize opportunities for discussion and questioning, we conduct the seminars in interactive, round-table style. All sessions are co-taught by Donald Chisum and Janice Mueller.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee for the two-day Houston 2019 seminar is $1,600 per person, which includes extensive materials, continental breakfast, and on-site lunch. Alumni/ae of the Academy receive a 10% discount.


We provide light contintental breakfast for our participants in the seminar room starting at 8:30 am each morning. Lunch (between 12-1 pm) will be provided courtesy of Bracewell LLP.

Nearby Hotels for Out-of-Town Registrants:

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

1300 Lamar


(0.6 miles from Bracewell’s office)


JW Marriott Houston Downtown

806 Main


(o.2 miles from Bracewell’s office)


The Lancaster Hotel Houston

701 Texas


(0.4 miles from Bracewell’s office)


Hampton Inn Houston Downtown

710 Crawford Street


(0.6 miles from Bracewell’s office)


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