UH System Wins Trademark Dispute as Local Law School Adopts New Name

The University of Houston has prevailed in its federal trademark lawsuit against South Texas College of Law, which briefly changed its name to Houston College of Law earlier this year.   The college announced today it has changed its name once again to satisfy a court order. The 93-year-old private law school is now South Texas College of Law Houston and will feature the color navy in future marketing efforts to distinguish the new name.

SMD Again Ranked Among "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report

Houston-based intellectual property boutique Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC has again been named one of the country's "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America, a publication by Woodward White, Inc. SMD was listed as "Tier 1" in Houston for IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, and Copyright Law.  On a national stage, SMD was listed in "Tier 3" of National law firms for these same four specialties.

University of Houston Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against South Texas College of Law

The University of Houston System has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against South Texas College of Law (STCL). The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Houston, alleges STCL's announced name change to 'Houston College of Law' and its adoption of UH's red and white color scheme constitutes "intentional and willful infringement of UH's intellectual property and unfair competition," which results in "confusion in the marketplace and damage to the University and its brand. … Tony Buzbee, principal of the The Buzbee Law Firm, is representing UH along with Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC.

Sutton McAughan Deaver Principal Elizabeth King Listed Among World's Leading Trademark Professionals for 2016 by World Trademark Review

According to World Trademark Review, "Elizabeth King of Sutton McAughan Deaver knows trademark law and procedure inside out, thanks to a turn at the US Patent and Trademark Office . . . .  She keeps her finger on the pulse of developing technology and has a nuanced grasp of new media and internet trademark issues."

SMD Principal Joins Slavin Foundation Team to Support Student Entrepreneurship

SMD Principal Jeff Andrews has joined the Slavin Family Foundation as a Special Advisor and member of the Selection Committee for the Slavin Fellowship. The Slavin Family Foundation provides support to dedicated students that have a desire to contribute to humanity and the ability and discipline to bring entrepreneurial ideas to life.  The primary activity of the Foundation is the Slavin Fellowship, . . .

Sutton McAughan Deaver Once Again Recognized for Excellence in IP Law by Chambers USA

In this most recent publication, Chambers USA described Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as an "IP boutique devoted to patent and trademark litigation, prosecution and rights strategy."  Sources interviewed by Chambers USA commented about the firm: "Everyone is extremely knowledgeable about IP issues and how the US Patent Office works.  They love to win."  One source commented about SMD: "They have always exceeded our expectations—I certainly recommend them to anyone."

Elizabeth King joins Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC

Intellectual property law firm Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC today announced the arrival of attorney Elizabeth W. King as a Principal. Elizabeth is a nationally recognized trademark attorney with over twenty years of experience practicing law, most of that time spent dedicated to all aspects of trademark protection and enforcement, including as an Examining Attorney with the United States Trademark Office.

SMD Partners Named to 2014 Texas Super Lawyers® List by Thompson Reuters

Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan and Al Deaver, founding partners of Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC, have been named to the exclusive 2014 Texas Super Lawyers® list, a publication of Thompson Reuters. Mike and Bob have been recognized for their Intellectual Property Litigation practices, and Al for his practice in Intellectual Property. Both Mike and Bob have been named to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since it debuted in 2003.