My First Ten Years Practicing Law
Today, 4 May 2014, is my ten-year anniversary of being admitted to a bar as an attorney. My first bar admission was to the State Bar of Texas (see image below). Since then, I have been admitted to three other states and the U.S. Patent Bar. I have worked for over a year writing opinions for a judge: the bright, kind and currently retired Judge Richard T. St. Clair. I have been a presenter (instructor) at legal conferences in three states. I have lived in four states and visited many others. I have worked in Russia and filed patent applications in many foreign countries. I have operated my own law practice, worked for small medium and large companies. And, I have been exposed to policies, legislation, politics and the business of law. I have seen a formerly stagnant area of law (patents) dramatically get reworked by judicial opinions including the U.S. Supreme Court and by several new laws including the far-sweeping American Invents Act (AIA implemented by the USPTO) that was phased in during 2012-13. The AIA continues to foster some uncertainty in my area of expertise.
I realize that many areas of law also continue to evolve as fast as society and patent law. In a weird way, such changes are a comfort because a rapidly evolving area of law is a type of job security. Businesses and individuals are wise to consult with attorneys who keep up with current developments in the law. Making contributions to my little blawg is a way for me to force myself to read and stay current in my profession.
I am grateful to have experienced so many places and helped so many people. Over time, I have become more confident and proficient in my legal abilities and in working with people. I look forward to the next ten years. Patents and trademarks continue to keep my interest and I hope to continue to be of service to my clients and to my community.