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Karen B. Tripp

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An Intellectual Property Boutique-Established 1998Example Representations

Patent prosecution work related to drilling fluids for a multi-national oil field services corporation; all patent and trademark work and related contract advice for an eco-friendly agriculture chemicals company; all patent transactional work and related legal advice for a start-up water desalination and purification company; local counsel in federal district court litigation and provided assistance with preparation and filing of appellate amicus briefs for two national non-profit corporations; lead counsel in federal court defense in multiple trademark and/or copyright infringement lawsuits.

Services Provided

Legal counseling to industry--ranging from multi-national corporations to start-up companies--and individuals concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters.

Prepare and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent applications, primarily related to the oil industry. Also prepare and prosecute applications for registration of trademarks and copyrights.

Provide patent validity and infringement opinions, trademark infringement opinions and copyright infringement opinions. Also, provide opinions related to due diligence and pre-purchase/license investigations, in subjects primarily related to the oil industry.

Handle or assist with litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and/or contracts at the federal trial court level and with the preparation and filing of amicus briefs in federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bring and defend ICAAN proceedings to recover and protect domain names.

Prepare and negotiate various types of agreements concerning intellectual property, including patent, trademarks, copyrights, software, and trade secret licenses, technical services agreements, and confidentiality agreements.

Handled all aspects of pre-trial intellectual property litigation leading to settlement or trial, including preparing and responding to discovery requests, motions, briefs, bench memoranda and jury instructions, and taking and defending depositions. Worked on lawsuits involving carpet stain blockers, phenylene sulfide polymers, catalysts, oil field tools, computer memory products and chip manufacturing processes, computer software, and copyrighted designs in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, all of which settled. First chair and Attorney-in-Charge in Novell, Inc. v. CPU Distributing, Inc., Terry L. Green and Leroy Hunter (settled), and Microsoft, Inc. v. CPU Distributing, Inc., Terry Green, Michael Jaks, and Robert Castro (settled), software copyright and trademark infringement lawsuits in Federal District Court in Houston, Texas.

Prepared patent validity and infringement opinions and opinions related to due diligence and pre-purchase/license investigations, in subjects ranging from pharmaceuticals and chemicals to computer chip manufacturing processes and designs.

Prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications or supervised same, primarily concerning matters related to the oil industry. Prepared and prosecuted U.S. trademark registration applications and U.S. copyright registration applications. Advised and counseled companies on various intellectual property matters and internet issues.

Prepared and negotiated various types of agreements concerning intellectual property, including patent, software, and trade secret licenses, technical services agreements, and confidentiality agreements.

Creator, Program Planner, and Master of Ceremonies for First Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference for Women Corporate Counsel (held Sept. 10-13, 1997, Scottsdale, Arizona) and Second Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference for Women Corporate Counsel (held July 22-25, 1998, Dallas, Texas). Member, Law Clerks (recruiting) Committee, 1989-1990. Scribe to Managing Board, 1996.

Primary Law Contact for the following Divisions: Reservoir; Reservoir Technology (Aramco); Technical Information; Offshore Systems; Project Services; Exploration Concepts; and Geophysical Data Quality. Primary Law Contact for Export Administration matters, Records Management Program; tax matters; and marine safety concerns.

Provided general legal consultation, often regarding legal aspects of conducting field studies or tests and publishing technical papers. Prepared and negotiated various types of agreements, including: confidentiality; technical and/or consulting services; equipment and facility leases; and technology licenses. Prepared patent applications and handled U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, primarily in enhanced oil recovery methods, also in seismic exploration systems. Assisted with some business related litigation. Sat-in for General Counsel a number of times.

Secretary, Reservoir Patent Committee; Secretary, Esso Resources Canada Limited Patent Committee; Member, Non-exempt Compensation Committee; Member, Antitrust Compliance Committee.

Developed strategies for licensing Exxon technology and served as contact for outside parties for licensing inquiries. Prepared guidelines and participated in developing policies regarding conditions and fees for transferring technology to Exxon affiliates worldwide. Prepared first annual licensing newsletter for two foreign affiliates. Forecasted royalty income for annual budget and compiled 1987 Financial Forecast and Capital Budget Report. Coordinated visits and agendas for several U.S. and foreign visitors. Handled some public relations correspondence and a press release. 

Did legal research, title searches and drafted some trial briefs. Drafted brief for appellant to Alabama Supreme Court in a bond for title case that prevailed and changed Alabama law in effect for over 50 years.

PUBLICATIONS

  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2020, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2020).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2019, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2020).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2019, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2019).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2019, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2019).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2018, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2018)
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2018, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2018).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2017, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2017).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2017, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2017).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2016, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2016).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2016, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2016).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2015, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2015).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2015, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2015).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2014, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2014).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2014, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2014).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2013, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2013).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2013, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2013).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2012, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2012).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2012, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2012).
  • PATENT LAW REVIEW 2011, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2011).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2011, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2011).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2011, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2011).
  • UPDATE FOR COPYRIGHT LITIGATION HANDBOOK 2011, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., (2011)
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2010, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2010).
  • PATENT LAW REVIEW 2010, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2010).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2010, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2010).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2009, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2009).
  • PATENT LAW REVIEW 2009, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2009).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2009, Thomson Reuters, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2009).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2008, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2008).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2008, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2008).
  • ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK 2007, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2007).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2007, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2007).
  • Correcting Common Client Misconceptions About Protecting Trademarks, EXECUTIVE LEGAL ADVISOR (May/June 2007).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2006, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2006).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2005, The Thomson West Group, Rochester, N.Y., editor (2005).
  • Efforts to Copyright the Law, Recipes, and other Tales Relating to How Far Some Attempt to Take Copyright, Intellectual Property-A Means for Worldwide Protection Conference, Center for International Legal Studies, October 20, 2004, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2004, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (2004).
  • What Lawyers Can Copy in Daily Practice, Including the "Law", State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law CLE, March 6-7, 2003, Austin, Texas.
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2003, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (2003).
  • Copyrighting the Law, Not!, 9 (1) THE IP LITIGATOR 1-6, Aspen Publishers (January 2003).
  • To Traverse or Not to Traverse-Consequences of Restriction Requirements in United States Patent Practice, 2 (1) THE PATENT JOURNAL 10-14, Aspen Publishers (October 2002).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2002, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (2002).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2001, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (2001)
  • Copyrights Where You Least Expect Them, University of Houston and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association Continuing Legal Education Conference (November 8-19), 2001, Galveston, Texas).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 2002, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (2000).
  • U.S. and Foreign Patents, ETCE/OMAE 2000 Joint Conference, ASME International (Feb. 14-17, 2000, New Orleans, Louisiana).
  • Internet Update, Houston Women's Energy Network Luncheon Presentation, (Nov. 10, 1999).
  • Internet Update, Dallas Bar Association Computer Use and Technology Section Luncheon Presentation (June 28, 1999).
  • Internet Update, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Institute (March 5-6, 1999, Austin, Texas).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 1999, The West Group, New York, N.Y., editor (1999).
  • Patents & Trade Secrets, ASME International Energy Sources Technology Conference & Exhibition (1999, Houston, Texas).
  • Patent Term Extensions, University of Houston and the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association Continuing Legal Education Conference (October 1-2, 1998, Galveston, Texas).
  • The Pitfalls of Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver in Patent Law, ASME International Energy Sources Technology Conference & Exhibition (Feb. 3, 1998, Houston, Texas).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 1998, Clark Boardman Callaghan/Thomson Legal Publishing, New York, N.Y., editor (1998).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 1997, Clark Boardman Callaghan/Thomson Legal Publishing, New York, N.Y., editor (1997).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 1996, Clark Boardman Callaghan, New York, N.Y., editor (1996).
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 1995, Clark Boardman Callaghan, New York, N.Y., editor (1995).
  • A Summary of the Changes in U.S. Patent Law Effected by GATT/TRIPS Implementation Legislation, 14 CORPORATE COUNSEL REVIEW 93-103, with co-author (May 1995).
  • Changes in U.S. Patent Law Effected by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act--The GATT Implementation Legislation, 3 TEXAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL 315-342, with co-author (Spring 1995).
  • What's New in Patent Law since GATT, Coopers & Lybrand Intellectual Property Law Seminar, The Houstonian, Houston, Texas, June 19, 1996.
  • Patent Aspects of GATT: A Panel Discussion, Thirty -Third Annual Institute on Patent Law, The Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, November 9-10, 1995.
  • Arnold, White & Durkee Saturday Morning CLE on Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product Immunity, November 1994.
  • "Damages," Remedies, 1992-93 PATENT LAW HANDBOOK, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y. (1992).
  • Remedies, 1991-92 PATENT LAW HANDBOOK, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y. (1991).
  • Remedies, 1990-91 PATENT LAW HANDBOOK, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y. (1990).
  • Remedies, 1989-90 PATENT LAW HANDBOOK, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y. (1989).
  • Remedies, 1988-89 PATENT LAW HANDBOOK, Clark Boardman Co., Ltd., New York, N.Y. (1988).
  • Anticipation of the Section 2032A Valuation in Estate Planning to Preserve the Family Farm, 42 ALABAMA LAW. 356-79 (July 1981)--winner of the Alabama State Bar ALABAMA LAWYER Legal Writing Award in 1981.
  • When Can an Attorney Buy From an Estate or Entity He or His Firm Administered? 5 J. LEGAL PROFESSION 160-77 (1980)--awarded the Henderson M. Somerville Law Prize in 1981.

Personal background information is available in some past editions of Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

Education

  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D.
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in Future Interests
    • Honors: Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society
    • Honors: Dean’s Award
    • Honors: Honor Court Justice
    • Honors: Treasurer, Student Bar Association
    • Honors: Clerk, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
    • Law Journal: Journal of The Legal Profession, Executive Editor
  • A.A. White Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute (forty hours) Basic Mediator Training Houston, Texas Qualified as a mediator under Texas statute
  • Exxon Reservoir Engineering School (six weeks) Exxon Enhanced Oil Recovery School Exxon Introduction to Oil Technology School Houston, Texas
  • University of Alabama Civil Eng. & Misc. University, Alabama Aug. 1977-May 1978
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Undergraduate Research on porcine mitochondrial malate dehydrogenase, a pig heart enzyme
    • Major: Chemistry
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina
    • Honors: Sophomore Honors

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, Efforts to Copyright the Law, Recipes and Other Tales Relating to How Far Some Attempt to Take Copyright, Intellectual Property, A Means for Worldwide Protection Conference, Center for International Legal Studies, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 2004 to 2004
  • Speaker, U.S. and Foreign Patents, ETCE/OMAE Joint Conference, ASME International, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000 to 2000

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Sixteenth Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law, Program Chair, 2000 to 2000
  • Houston Achievement Place, (non-profit charity), Houston, Advisory Board Member, 2003-present, Executive Committee, 2009-present, President of Executive Committee, 2013-2015.
  • Women In Technology, Houston, Founder, 1994-Present
  • Women’s Finance Exchange, Planning Committee, 2009
  • Midtown Business Forum, Houston, Member 1988-1991.
  • Blake Barnett & Co., Inc., Member NASD, President 1996-2002.
  • Yale Club of Houston, Past Member Program Com., and Lil Eli’s Club Founder & Past Chair.
  • Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, a paralegal school, Houston, Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law, 2005-2007

Past Positions

  • Chief Justice, C.C. “Bo” Torbert, Alabama Supreme Court, Summer Law Clerk, 1980 to 1980
  • Espy, Nettles and Scogin, P.C., Law Clerk, 1979 to 1981
  • Coordinator, Strategic Planning Division Licenses, Technology Exxon Production Research Company Transfer & Public Affairs Houston, Texas July 1986-June 1987 (temporary assignment)

Published Works

  • Executive Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession, 1980 - 1981
  • Editor, Intellectual Property Law Review, The Thomson West Group, New York, 1995 - 2007
  • Editor, Patent Law Review, Thomson Reuters, 2009 - 2010
  • Editor, Intellectual Property Law Review, Thomson Reuters, 2007 - 2012
  • Editor, Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, Thomson Reuters, 2007 - 2012
  • Author, “Correcting Common Client Misconceptions About Protecting Trademarks,” Executive Legal Advisor, 2007
  • Author, “To Traverse or Not to Traverse-Consequences of Restriction Requirements in United States Patent Practice,” 2 (1) The Patent Journal 10-14, Aspen Publishers, 2002
  • Author, “Copyrights Where You Least Expect Them,” Seventeenth Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law, 2001
  • Author, Internet Update, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Institute, Austin Texas, 1999
  • Author, “What Lawyers Can Copy in Daily Practice, Including the Law”, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law CLE, Austin, Texas, 2003
  • Author, “Copyrighting the Law, Not!” The IP Litigator 1-6, Aspen Publishers, 2003
  • Author, Patents & Trade Secrets, ASMG International Energy Sources Technology Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, 1999

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Subcommittee Chairman, Ethics Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section 1994-95, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Patent Law Committee, 1995, Member
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Copyright Committee, Member, 2002 to 2005
  • Texas Bar Association, Chairman International Law Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section 1987-88, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Outstanding Inventor Committee, Intellectual Property Law Section 1994-95, Member
  • Planning Committee, Texas Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Continuing Legal Education Conference 2003, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Legal Line Volunteer 1995
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Secretary 1987-88
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Chairman Awards Committee 1988-89
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Chairman Programs 1988-91,
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Treasurer, 1991-92
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member Nominations Committee 1993, 1996
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member Patent Student Education Committee, 1994-95
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member Giles Rich Moot Court Competition Committee 1994-95
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Chairman Outstanding Inventor Committee 1994-95
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Chairman Meetings and Programs Committee 1995-96
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Member Board of Directors 1992-94,1998-2000
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Planning Committee, HIPLA/Univ. of Houston CLE Fall Institute on Intellectual Property for 2004, 2005,2008, 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Planning Committee, Chairman, HIPLA/Univ. of Houston CLE Fall Institute on Intellectual Property for 2000.

Current Employment Position

  • Member

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1981