SMD Client University of Houston Presented with Texas Bar Trademark Award for Case Against South Texas

The University of Houston Law Center was honored recently with the inaugural State Bar of Texas IP Section Annual Trademark Award for its defense of the school's brand after South Texas College of Law announced plans to change its name to Houston College of Law. Sutton McAughan Deaver represented the University of Houston in its trademark infringement lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Houston.

SMD and Bob McAughan Recommended for Patent Litigation in IAM Patent 1000

Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC and name principal Bob McAughan have been recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 as recommended for patent litigation. According to the publication:"Dedicated exclusively to the resolution of IP disputes, compact litigation shop Sutton McAughan Deaver has made an enduring impression on the market through its stellar performances in high-stakes suits. With skills refined over two decades on the IP frontline, the 'exceptional' Bob McAughan is a never-say-die defender of clients’ rights; of late he had allegations of infringement against USA Sports dismissed, with one of the asserted patents declared invalid in the process."

SMD Jumps In 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its rankings of law firms and lawyers. This year, Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC jumped up in the rankings of Texas law firms for intellectual property, to Band 2. Chambers USA also rated each of the firm's name principals--Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, and Al Deaver--as top practitioners in IP law.

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, . . .