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Session 1: No Candy for You: Tricky Ethics Issues for IP Lawyers - The ethics rules of the USPTO present challenging dilemmas for even the most experienced patent and trademark practitioners. Find out where the ethical dangers lurk and how you can avoid becoming a cautionary tale.
Session 2: Practicing IP Law Ethically in the Cloud: From the Mundane to the Ethics of AI - Learn how to practice competently and ethically, including maintaining client confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and safely using social media. In addition, examine the questions that lawyers should ask before using computer-augmented legal services, such as automated contract review, legal research, and patent application drafting services. more »
Session 1: Divided Infringement - Examine recent interpretations of the Akamai test and the impact on divided infringement cases.
Session 2: Defending Against Willful Infringement in a Post-Halo World - With the changes resulting from the Supreme Court’s Halo opinion, there is additional importance placed on accused infringers in building a record that supports reasonableness of their decision to continue their accused operations. This often includes advice of competent counsel used to bolster the claim that they were not acting with subjective bad faith. Those using advice of counsel in defense of willfulness must be mindful of the scope of potential privilege waiver, and proactively take steps aimed at avoiding privilege waiver from extending to communications with trial counsel.
Session 3: Extraterritoriality: When Acts Overseas Create Liability under U.S. Patent Law - Despite language in 35 U.S.C. 271 limiting infringement liability for acts “within the United States”, depending upon the type of infringement and/or type of claim, liability can arise based mainly or completely on acts outside of the United States. Examine the meaning of “within the United States” and when liability arises for acts outside of the U.S. more »
Session 1: Federal Circuit and SCOTUS Update - A whirlwind summary of the most important developments in Supreme Court and Federal Circuit case law over the last year.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Claims Construction - The driver of patent application preparation/prosecution, district court trials, Federal Circuit appeals, and AIA post-grant review proceedings, remains—claim construction. Review 2017-2018 claim construction cases and issues at the Federal Circuit and trial court levels. And examine the PTAB’s procedural and substantive claim construction “rules, practices and etc.," including the PTAB proposal to drop BRI and adopt Phillipsconstruction under all circumstances, and possible rule and practice changes to mandate PTAB consideration of claim constructions from other proceedings.
Session 3: Changes to Venue Rules and the Rise of Multi-District Litigation - The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland has changed the landscape for patent venue. Explore what constitutes a company’s “regular and established place of business” and the possible impact of this recent case.
Session 4: Judicial Panel - Hear distinguished judges from the District Court discuss their experiences hearing and trying patent cases. more »
Session 1: Electronic Notarization - Has Texas set the national standard for online notarization? How online notarization will change the real estate practice.
Session 2: Technology and Ethics - Hear an overview of lawyers’ ethical obligations—and tips on avoiding potential ethical pitfalls—with respect to the technology we all use. more »
A unique jurisprudence has developed regarding our borders that is not limited by geography. Listen to a discussion about the powers that Congress has sought to grant the federal government at the border, within a "reasonable distance" from the border, and at designated ports of entry. Also, examine the constitutional limitations on federal power in these areas, as well as any individual remedies that may exist. more »
Session 1: PERM and I-140 - Learn about the latest trends in I-140 adjudication and PERMs, including ideas and practical advice on how to handle the employment-based immigration process in this era of greater scrutiny and restriction.
Session 2: Change of Status/NIVs - Hear an overview of recent changes in policies and regulations and the impact of these changes on NIV processing (B1/B2, F-1, H-1B). Listen to a discussion about how to advise your clients and guide them through lengthy adjudications, avoid overstays, and unlawful presence.
Session 3: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in ICE Audits and USCIS/FDNS Investigations - Worksite enforcement—encompassing ICE audits and USCIS/FDNS investigations—is on the rise. Listen to a discussion about the continually changing policies and practices that are resulting in enhanced penalties, removal of employees, criminal and civil fraud cases, and Immigrant and Employee Rights division and debarment issues. more »
Session 1: Anatomy of Immigration Fraud + Waivers and Other Remedies - Using REAL case studies, identify the immigration fraud issues you should be aware of and the potential pitfalls. Explore what fraud actually looks like in an immigration case, strategies for successful waivers, as well as for avoiding a finding of fraud.
Session 2: Pitfalls for Zealous Attorneys: Fraud and Misrepresentation - Make note of how lawyers can zealously represent clients and still avoid ethical pitfalls that can result in sanctions, discipline, and disqualification. This discussion will include court decisions highlighting lawyers’ mistakes that have resulted in serious consequences—what to do and, more importantly, what not to do! more »
Session 1: Strategies and Practice Pointers for Family-Based and Citizenship Cases in the Age of Enforcement - Learn how to navigate and avoid pitfalls in family-based adjustment and consular processing cases, and naturalization. Address hot issues in the adjudication of these applications including NTAs upon denial, RFE’s, public charge, and fraud findings.
Session 2: Immigration Law in the Age of Enforcement: Employment - Immigration issues have been a key focus of the current administration. Discuss high-profile changes pursued by the current administration, including travel bans and adjudication trends. Also, survey changes looming on the immigration landscape, including updates on DACA/”the Dreamers,” temporary protected status, NAFTA, H-1B, and L-1 visas.
Session 3: Navigating Removals and Asylum Applications in the Age of Enforcement - Get practical tips and information for practitioners attempting to navigate removal defense and defensive asylum applications under the increasingly oppressive policies of the current administration. more »
Motions to disqualify counsel continue to proliferate. Consequences can be severe for lawyers and clients. The client can lose counsel of choice, and the lawyer can lose the client and potentially face liability claims and disciplinary problems. Review recent disqualification decisions and discuss practical tips for litigating disqualification motions. more »
Busy lawyers seem to forget the fundamentals about communication restrictions (do's/dont's) contained in our ethics rules. Listen to practical pointers that can keep you out of trouble. Remember, your ability to practice law is a privilege—not a right. more »
Session 1: Here But For the Grace of God Go You: Why the Texas Lawyers Creed Matters to You - Learn how to be the opposing counsel your profession needs without compromising your ethical duties to your client—an autobiography of four family deaths in eleven months.
Session 2: A Change in Perspective: When the Lawyer Becomes the Client - The Commissioner discusses his experiences in transitioning from representing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to being the client of the Office of the Attorney General, including observations on the Open Meetings Act and ex parte issues.
Session 3: Communication and the Electronic Age - Considering what we know about government surveillance, can an attorney ethically use electronic communication to discuss confidential client information? Examine legislative responses to the Edward Snowden disclosures and discuss appropriate lawyer communication in the electronic age. more »
Session 1: What a Difference A Year Makes: Top Ten Changes to the Practice of Immigration Law and What Attorneys Can Do To Protect Clients' Interests - Practicing immigration law now requires maintaining up to the minute vigilance on changes to policy, regulations, procedures, and laws. Focus on the most critical changes in the areas of family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, removal proceedings, and due process for immigrants during the last year and when/how attorneys should challenge adverse changes affecting their clients.
Session 2: Case Strategy, Planning, and Documentation - Examine the fundamentals of “smart lawyering” using the right questions, searches, and documentation in filing for benefits in light of the changing immigration landscape. Listen to a discussion about the memos released by USCIS within the past year and their impact on filing for immigration benefits. more »
Listen to a discussion about recurring thorny ethical issues that have value in M&A transactions. Who is my client? How do I minimize the risk of losing the attorney-client privilege in the deal? Do I owe any ethical duties of candor to opposing counsel (i.e., the difference between lying and puffing)? more »
Session 1: Panel Discussion: Texas Greats on Business Litigation - Modern complex business litigation presents risks to both sides. With success requiring creativity and advocacy skills, these premier litigators discuss challenges and opportunities in the arenas of damages, contorts, and alternative dispute resolution in 21st Century litigation.
Session 2: Using Demonstratives to Make Your Case - Demonstrative evidence is evidence you can create! Don’t miss the opportunity to make the most of it.
Session 3: Hearsay in a Wireless World - Review important hearsay issues, with an emphasis on hearsay appearing in social media, texts, and other new media.
Session 4: Extraordinary Remedies - All plaintiffs want their relief—and they want it right now. Learn when courts can tie up assets and control conduct prior to a judgment.
Session 5: Tips for an Effective Voir Dire - Learn what the cases allow and what techniques are most effective in voir dire.
Session 6: Current Issues Facing Juries in State and Federal Courts - Courts are confronting new challenges presented by social media and the Internet, while at the same time dealing with a declining percentage of cases tried to a jury verdict. What are the practicalities facing lawyers and courts when jurors live online, lawyers have new access into their lives, and jurors have new expectations of access to the facts? Ideas from the perspective of practitioners in both state and federal and civil and criminal courts.
Session 7: Recent Developments Regarding the Discovery Rule and Fraudulent Concealment Doctrine - In recent years, the Texas Supreme Court has offered significant guidance on how lower courts should apply the discovery rule and the fraudulent concealment doctrine. Review the cases and learn how they could impact plaintiffs’ and defendants’ approaches to these tolling doctrines going forward. more »
Session 1: Blockchain 101 - A primer on understanding how blockchains, distributed ledger technology, and smart contracts work and the potential application of these digital technologies in the energy industry.
Session 2: The Digital Fin-Tech Revolution Continues - Listen to a discussion about how gas and power companies, and their lenders, compete and comply with cyber-security concerns. Review concerns including blockchain applications, smart contracts, virtual currency, new data privacy standards (e.g., EU’s GDPR), and fin-tech architects collaborating with regulators to provide “regulatory nodes” to give the government windows of real-time transparency into smart contracts, blockchains and commodity trading. “Isn’t that like inviting a vampire into your house?” more »
Government investigations and shareholder claims and complaints can place huge stresses on the modern corporation, often forcing it to investigate itself and causing internal personal and professional conflicts in its senior management and board. These pressures create difficult ethical problems for corporate lawyers who advise companies, boards and board committees. Using a hypothetical scenario, this panel provides practitioners with guidance for some of these problems. more »