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.
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."
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.
Chambers and Partners announced that Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC was selected as one of only six national finalists for its 2017 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in the area of intellectual property law, a category that includes patent, copyright, and trademark law.
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.
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.
SMD's managing principal Al Deaver was recognized in The AmLaw Litigation Daily as "Litigator of the Week" for his work representing the University of Houston in its trademark battle against South Texas College of Law. The article, entitled "Litigator of the Week: The Texas Lawyer Who Sued His Law School" appeared in this morning's edition and online last night.
In its "Weekly Verdict" summary of legal high points and low points, Law360 (a publication of Portfolio Media, Inc.) highlighted Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as a "Legal Lion" for its work for the University of Houston.
Judge Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled in favor of the University of Houston in its trademark infringement lawsuit against South Texas College of Law, finding that the University was entitled to a preliminary injunction. The University of Houston was represented by Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC along with Tony Buzbee of The Buzbee Law Firm.
Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, Al Deaver, Jeff Andrews, and Elizabeth King, principals of Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC, have been named to the exclusive 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list. Mike, Bob, and Jeff have been recognized for their Intellectual Property Litigation practices, and Al and Elizabeth for their practices in Intellectual Property.
Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, Al Deaver, Jeff Andrews and Elizabeth King were each selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 in a variety of intellectual property specialties.The recognition is especially meaningful because all five principals at the firm were recognized in the publication.
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.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its ranking of law firms and lawyers, and again rated Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC as a top IP firm in Texas. Chambers USA also rated each of the firm's name principals--Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, and Al Deaver--as top practitioners in IP law.
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 was listed as "Tier 1" in Houston for IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Patent Law. This year, SMD moved also moved up to "Tier 1" in Houston for Copyright Law. On a national stage, SMD was listed in "Tier 3" of National law firms for these same three specialties.
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, . . .
Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, Al Deaver, and Jeff Andrews, founding principals of Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC, have been named to the exclusive 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list.
Mike Sutton, Bob McAughan, Al Deaver, Jeff Andrews and Elizabeth King were each selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 in a variety of intellectual property specialties.The recognition is especially meaningful because all five principals at the firm were recognized in the publication.
In an article entitled "Houston's Sutton McAughan Snags Ex-USPTO Examining Atty," Law360 (a publication of Portfolio Media, Inc., owned by LexisNexis) highlighted the arrival of trademark expert Elizabeth King to Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC.
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."