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LES Houston Chapter: Recent Supreme Court Updates: Oil States and SAS

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Contact: Chris Johnson
(713) 487-8835

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LES Houston Chapter presents:

Recent Supreme Court Updates: Oil States and SAS

Discussion and Networking Reception

Program Description

Come hear from a distinguished panel of experts regarding the US Supreme Court’s recent decisions on both the Oil States and SAS cases. The panel, made up of counsel, as well as a USPTO staff member, will talk about how these two decisions will impact IP practice now that inter partes reviews (IPRs) have been determined to be constitutional; and now that the USPTO must make judgement on all petitioner-contested patent claims during IPR proceedings.

Texas CLE Credits are currently pending for this meeting.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


5430 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX  77056 

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served.


Through July 16:
LES Member: $30.00
Non-Member: $40.00
Full-time Student/Post-Doctorate: $10.00

After July 16:
LES Member:
Full-time Student/Post-Doctorate: 



Mark Shelley
Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells



Leveraging his broad technical and legal background, Dr. Mark Shelley assists clients in identifying and strategically protecting their intellectual property and technology-based assets, with particular emphasis on energy-related transactions and the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks.  Mark's practice also includes work in M&A transactions amongst technology-focused companies, drafting complex agreements, preparing patentability, noninfringement and freedom to operate opinions, and counseling clients with respect to a wide range of intellectual property issues, including trade secrets and copyrights.  Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mark served as in-house counsel to a major international oil and gas services company and managed the intellectual property assets of several of its large divisions. In that role, he also drafted all manner of agreements, conducted due diligence for the acquisition of drilling technologies, supported several litigation matters, and counseled his client regarding intellectual property issues in the oil and gas sector.  Mark also practiced at a major Texas-based law firm for several years, where he drafted and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications, conducted post-grant proceedings, assisted clients in enforcing patent rights and defending against claims of patent infringement through litigation, and drafted agreements, performed due diligence and advised of risks relating to asset purchases.  A chemical engineer by education, training, and professional licensure, Mark has advised clients in diverse markets, including oil and gas exploration/production, agricultural chemicals, medical devices, alternative energy processes, and consumer goods.

Jeff Whittle
Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jeff Whittle provides over two decades of legal experience to clients in the energy and high-tech industries. He advises on strategic and complex technology transactions, licensing, patent protection, portfolio analysis, and other contentious and transactional intellectual property matters including inter partes reexaminations, post-grant reviews, and derivation proceedings, among other disputed cases.

Jeff has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500 United States, among others, for his outstanding career and contributions to law and intellectual property.

Jeff is the immediate past-president and chair of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for the USA and Canada (2015-2016) and has served on the LES Board for over seven years. He is a frequent and highly sought-after speaker and author, nationally and internationally, on various intellectual property/licensing/technology topics.

Jeff keeps up with the always changing intellectual property field through memberships in various legal and professional associations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, and Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also has served on M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Technology Review Committee, IP Law360's Advisory Board, and Wake Forest University School of Law's Board of Visitors, as well as on boards of various charitable organizations. Jeff is also a member of the Texas Bar College and is a Certified Licensing Professional. Recently he was awarded and recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Houston Law Center.


Brendan McCommas
Chief of Staff, USPTO

Brendan McCommas is the Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He previously served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and Senior Advisor to the Director of the USPTO. He also served as a patent examiner in Technology Center 2600.

As the Director’s principal advisor, the Chief of Staff helps coordinate a $3.2B budget, in support of the bureau’s 12,000 employees to execute the daily operations, policies, priorities, and global communications of the President’s intellectual property agenda. In addition, the Chief of Staff manages the day-to-day policy coordination process with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies.

Earlier in his career, Mr. McCommas was an Associate at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas, where he focused on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, and tech transactions. While in Houston he participated in the Houston Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Lines and Veterans Clinic, along with representing underserved communities before the USPTO and in various legal matters. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Grove City College, an M.A. in English from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.

Kevin Tamm
Associate, Bracewell

Kevin Tamm focuses his practice on transactional intellectual property issues for large and mid-size corporate clients. His representation includes patent prosecution regarding chemical and mechanical arts; post-grant reviews, including inter partes reviews; intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions, licensing and freedom to operate. Kevin counsels and represents his clients in the areas of patentability and intellectual property asset management, specifically in the fields of energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, specialty and organic chemicals, control systems, medical devices and small molecules. He also has experience prosecuting United States and foreign patents for large corporate clients, universities and independent inventors, and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

A unique quality that Kevin bring to his practice is his background in chemical engineering. He held a chemical associate position at an engineering consulting firm after earning his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. While in law school, he was also a legal extern for the Honorable Michael R. Barrett in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and worked in the legal department of GE Aviation.


The HESS Club is located in the Galleria area at 5430 Westheimer, about one mile west of Loop 610 between Yorktown and Chimney Rock. HESS is a low, freestanding building behind the much taller, white building.

Turn at the the blue HESS sign on the north side of Westheimer at a short street named Westheimer Way, just east of the large brown building.

Turn left at the HESS sign and drive through the portico of the HESS Club to an open air parking area.

If it is raining look for the underground parking area off Westheimer Way just before reaching the HESS portico. Enter HESS from the north end of the underground parking lot.

The Houston chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after July 13th.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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