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February 1, 2008

Ninth Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium: “Bridging the Gap to Future Innovations,” February 8, 2008

The Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal is sponsoring the Ninth Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, “Bridging the Gap to Future Innovations,” on February 8, 2008, in The University of Texas School of Law’s Eidman Courtroom.

The symposium presentations are free and open to the public. Meals, parking passes, and CLE credit (7.25 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics credit) require registration and a $175 fee. To register online go to:

The symposium’s keynote address, “Ethical rules governing pre-filing investigations in patent cases and the consequences of failing to perform an adequate investigation,” will be given by Sid Leach, a partner in the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, LLP, in the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office.

Leach has more than twenty-eight years of experience litigating patent infringement actions, including proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office. He was selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law.”

The event will also feature a panel on “Optimizing Patent Litigation” with speakers Judge David Folsom, Judge Lee Yeakel, Judge John Love, Judge Chad Everingham, UT Law Professor John Golden, and attorneys Rick Rambo and Margaret Sampson.

Additional symposium speakers include Anthony Peterman, the legal director for patents for Dell, Inc.; Harry Susman, a partner at Susman Godfrey in Houston; Professor Jeffrey Lefstin, a patent and contract professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law; and attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Vinson & Elkins, Fulbright & Jaworski, Sidley Austin, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

For more information on the symposium speakers and topics go to:

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Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal

Event contact: Rene Dimetman, UT Law, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Executive Symposium Editor, 512-749-2262,

Press contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or