A podcast series brought to you by the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Our mission is to provide you a short and topical podcast that makes international law relevant – no matter what your area of practice or business. To be considered as a podcast guest, contact host Richard Muñoz at rmunoz@buckner.org.

AI, Monkey Selfies and Patents – Oh, My!

Did you know that in 2021:

•  A patent application named an Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the inventor and in at least 1 country- it is listed as an inventor; 
•  AI is being used by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to aid in the patent search process; and  
•   a case involving a monkey that took a selfie may guide us in statutory construction? 
It’s a brave new world and Darin Klemchuk is here to walk us through it.   Darin is the managing partner and founder of the law firm, Klemchuk, LLP.  He has handled more than 500 intellectual property disputes, including over 40 patent infringement cases and hundreds of IP enforcement actions.  Darin represents Fortune 500® corporations, growing companies that benefit from broad intellectual property counseling, and startup companies with disruptive technologies.

Additionally at the end of the podcast at the 36:04 mark, the ILS gives a tribute to one of our own, Tom Wilson. 

Talking Patents with Keith Rawlins

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center, America’s Intellectual Property (IP):

•Is worth $6.6 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world and  
•IP-intensive industries account for over 1/3– or 38.2%– of total U.S. GDP.  

Given the extremely valuable nature of IP and patents, how does one go about protecting this valuable property and what does the international practitioner need to know about intellectual property?  To help us understand the situation better, we have on the show today, Keith Rawlins.  

Keith is a senior attorney at the Klemchuck law firm where he handles all forms of intellectual property with an emphasis in preparing, prosecuting, and managing U.S. and international patent portfolios.  He provides legal opinions and analyses for non-infringement and invalidity of patents in the United States and abroad.

Where there is a will: Differing Treatment of Displaced People by the U.S.

One of the great things about the Texas Bar is the wealth of knowledge of its members and different sections.  Today we will be speaking with Immigration Law Section members and attorneys Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch and Lindsay Goldford Gray.   Kate & Lindsay will be highlighting the differences in the way the United States treats displaced people depending on their country of origin, in particular Afghans & Ukrainians.  In addition, we will be discussing the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP); Title 42 and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Biden v. Texas.

Recorded June 30, 2022.

Game Changer? The Corporate Conspiracy Act

In January 2021,  Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (the “CTA”) in an attempt to make it difficult to launder money or evade taxes through the use of anonymous shell companies.  This law has far reaching implications and may impose federal reporting requirements on your small businesses.   What does this mean for your business going forward?  To help us answer this question is Mark Stachiw and Gabreila Smith of the Klemchuk law firm.  They will review the proposed CTA regulations, exemptions and (yikes) penalties for non-compliance.

The US Refugee and Asylum Process & Ukraine

The United Nations Refugee agency estimates that there are 82.4 million people world-wide that are displaced due to persecution, violence, human rights violations or other events.  This includes an estimated 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.  

Today our topic will focus on the refugee and asylum process in the United States.  

Our guest is Robert Armstrong of Armstrong Legal.   Robert is an experienced immigration attorney in Dallas that represents clients in immigration court, and a whole host of immigration filings including asylum, TPS, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, DACA, U Visas, VAWA and applying for permanent residence or citizenship. 

 A Singular Case: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and International Court of Justice

In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine claiming legal justification under the Geoncide Convention.  Ukraine responded with filings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  On March 7, 2022, the ICJ issued a ruling ordering the Russian Federation and its para-military forces to immediately suspend operations in the Ukraine.

In this episode, we are speaking with Professor Harold Hongju Koh.  Professor Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights.  Prof. Koh was part of the legal team that argued on behalf of Ukraine at the International Court of Justice.  

We will discuss the ICJ order and its ramifications.

Tips for Outside Council with Dubraska Jaramillo 

Today we are speaking with Dubraska Jaramillo, Counsel in Houston, Texas.  She gives us tips for outside counsel that have multinational clients.

Pilot Episode: MSAs & Gabriela Smith

In this episode of the ILS Podcast we talk with Gabriela Smith, an international attorney that specializes in master service agreements (MSAs).  Gabrieal gives us some tips when negotiating MSAs.