SMD Partners Present at the HIPLA's and IPIL's 29th Annual Institute of IP Law

Mike Sutton and Bob McAughan, founding partners of Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC (, moderated panels at the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center's 29th Annual Institute of Intellectual Property Law on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas.

Mike Sutton moderated a judicial panel with The Honorable Royal Ferguson, retired Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, currently the Dean of the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, and The Honorable Roy Payne, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The panel discussed a wide range of issues of note to the intellectual property community including when to and when not to file Daubert motions; the positives and negatives of staying cases pending reexamination; filing letter briefs in patent cases to seek permission to file summary judgment motions, motions to strike, or Daubert motion in the Eastern District of Texas; being civil and professional with opposing counsel; multi-district litigation; the number of cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas versus the District of Delaware; and whether appeals in patent cases should continue to be made exclusively to the Federal Circuit instead of the other Courts of Appeal.

Bob McAughan moderated a panel with Special Agents Donna Spiser and Brannon Coker of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The panel discussed criminal trade secret prosecution both at the federal and state levels, including discussing the increasing number of trade secret crimes, the statutory bases for trade theft and attempted trade secret theft, the steps the federal government takes to investigate and prosecute the theft of trade secrets, and related resources such as the Prosecuting Intellectual Property Crimes Manual published by the Office of Legal Education Executive Office for United States Attorneys.