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We are a law firm who works with innovative businesses, institutions and individuals, whether they are large or small corporations, entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, or non-profit universities or research institutions. We help to protect and leverage our client's innovation, creativity and brands through comprehensive legal strategies focused on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. We represent clients in transactions involving intellectual property rights and technology, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in court, and internationally through network of associated firms, with whom we have a long history of working closely.
February 19, 2016 Marc Hubbard will be speaking to fellow intellectual property lawyers at the 29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law course of the State Bar of Texas about the evolution of functional claiming, an important topic to those seeking to draft broad, but valid, patents.
November 16 -17, 2015 Marc Hubbard co-chaired the 53rd Annual Intellectual Property Conference of the Institute of Law and Technology at the Center for American and International Law, a two-day continuing legal education conference for intellectual property professionals.
October 24, 2015 Marc Hubbard participated as a speaker in the AIPLA President's Forum, "Patent Eligible Subject Matter: The Search for Solutions to a Growing Problem," at the Annual Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in Washington, D.C. Other panelists included Marian Underweiser, patent counsel atIBM, Bob Armitage, retired General Counsel of Eli Lilly, and Jim Crowne, Deputy Director of the AIPLA.
March 18, 2015 Marc Hubbard addressed the State Bar of Texas's IP Workshop: Getting Your Patent Granted in Houston, Texas. The focus of his presentation was using recent examination guidance, particularly the Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility, to the applicant's advantage when applying for a patent.
January 31, 2015 Marc Hubbard was part of a panel of experts addressing the AIPLA's 2015 Midwinter Institute in Orlando, Florida on the topic of what types of inventions can be patented in view of recent Supreme Court cases and the USPTO's interpretation of those cases. The panel, titled "What's Next for Patent Eligibility: Federal Circuit and the USPTO Gloss," was part of the President's Forum organized by AIPLA's president, Sharon Israel. Nathan Kelly, Solicitor of the USPTO, Myra McCormick, patent counsel with Johnson & Johnson, and Jerry Selinger of Patterson & Sheridan also participated on the panel. Marc spoke about the effects of the recent cases on patenting of software inventions.
December 8, 2014 Marc Hubbard has been appointed co-chair of the Patentable Subject Matter Task Force of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. The task force will look at an issue of increasing concern to the patent system: what types of inventions should be patentable. Because of several recent Supreme Court cases the law has become confusing, unpredictable, and, especially for the USPTO, difficult to apply, thus generating uncertainty and greater cost to the patent system. One of the task force's goal will be to develop recommendations for the AIPLA Board of Directors on positions to take in its advocacy efforts on the issue.
December 4, 2014 Marc Hubbard was elected Treasurer of the IP Section of the Dallas Bar Association for 2015.
November 5, 2014 Marc Hubbard will be co-chairing the upcoming 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law on November 10 - 11, 2014 at The Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas. He will be joined by co-chair David O. Taylor, Assistant Professor at SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas.
August 28, 2014 Marc Hubbard has been appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law and Director of its new Patent Clinic for the 2014-2015 academic year. He will be organizing the clinic and supervising law students participating in the clinic. The Patent Clinic has been certified as part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Law School Clinic Certification Pilot program. The certification allows law students enrolled at SMU to practice IP law before the USPTO under guidance of a faculty supervisor.
March 20, 2014 Marc Hubbard addressed the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section at its 27th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law Course on the topic of "I'm So Confused - What's Prior Art Now?" The presentation highlighted critical changes to what qualifies as "prior art" after the 2011 America Invents Act switched the US patent system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system.
November 11, 2013 Marc Hubbard chaired the Technology, Licensing, & IP Rights Module at the 51st Annual Intellectual Property Conference of the Institute of Law and Technology of The Center for American and International Law on November 11-12, 2013.
October 25, 2013 Marc Hubbard addressed the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in Washington, D.C. on the topic of protecting computer application programming interfaces under copyright law in connection with the case of Oracle v. Google.
October, 2013 Marc Hubbard wrote about recent Supreme Court cases finding that certain types of inventions are not eligible for patenting in an article, "Is this something that I can patent?" published by the Dallas Bar Association in the October 2013 edition of its monthly periodical, Headnotes.
October, 2013 Marc Hubbard began a two year term as chair of the Patent Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association on October 24, 2013.