Patent Law Seminars: Houston, Texas (March 5-6, 2018)

Houston, Texas skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn

Houston, Texas skyline at sunset twilight from park lawn


The Chisum Patent Academy will hold a two-day Advanced Patent Law Seminar on Monday/Tuesday March 5-6, 2018 in our newest seminar location, Houston, Texas. As of February 20, 2018, we have one seat left available. 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. Check this page for updates as we approach March 2018.

In addition to our traditional “blockbusters” session covering recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit en banc decisions, we anticipate giving special attention to the Circuit’s recent Section 101 decisions on patent-elegibility, patent claim definiteness, anticipation, and the court’s fractured October 2017 en banc decision in Aqua Products, which placed the burden of persuasion on IPR petitioners to show the unpatentability of patentees’ proposed substitute claims. We’ll also consider the multiple 2017 Federal Circuit decisions concerning attorney fee awards for exceptional cases, under the new and less rigid standards of Octane and Highmark (U.S. 2014).

Our August 2017 seminars in Seattle covered the latest Supreme Court and Federal Circuit patent “blockbusters” (notably, the Supreme Court reversed the Circuit in five patent cases decided in the past year); the Federal Circuit’s growing body of case law addressing due process concerns in IPRs, as well as the appellate court’s review of PTAB obviousness determinations; the post-Mayo/Alice landscape of Section 101 patent eligibility; and the latest developments in the on-sale bar invalidity defense under pre- and post-AIA regimes.

Complete syllabi from all our previous seminars are available here.

State Bar of Texas MCLE Credit:

Update 18 Dec. 2017: The State Bar of Texas MCLE Department has approved the Houston seminar for 12.0 MCLE total credits.

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 2018 seminar is $1,600 per person, which includes extensive materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon snacks. 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. Beverages will be refreshed throughout the day and we’ll have an afternoon cookie break. Lunch (between 12-1 pm) will be provided courtesy of Bracewell LLP, as well as a cocktail reception after the first day of the seminar.

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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