Category Archives: Events

Bill Ramey judges Second Annual New Ventures Competition at Texas A&M University

On May 1, 2016, Bill Ramey judged the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition.  “The quality of the presentations was top notch,” said Ramey.  “I look forward to judging the 2017 competition.

The Texas A&M New Ventures competition is aimed at promoting the commercialization of emerging technology, the inaugural Texas A&M New Ventures Competition is helping today’s innovative ideas become a reality. Led by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M University System, the competition recognizes Texas-based companies with high-growth potential and provides seed funding to help them effectively execute their ideas and advance product development.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

Bill Ramey Judges Rice Business Plan Competition

Ramey & Schwaller’s Bill Ramey was invited by Rice University to judge the 2016 Rice Business Plan.  The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 16th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.  The field of 42 was selected from 750 applicants.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service intellectual property law firm working with a national client base from our Houston, Texas, office. We are dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management, innovative technologies and the use of skilled professionals.

USPTO Announces Next Patent-Public-Advisory-Committee Meeting

The USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) has announced that it will hold its next quarterly meeting of the Patent Public Advisory Committee on Thursday, February 4. The public can attend at the USPTO’s Alexandria campus or watch online. The agenda and Webcast link are available at

USPTO to Host February 2016 Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

The USPTO’s (United States Patent and Trademark Office’s) Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting is a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. The next Partnership meeting will be from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST) on February 10, 2016, at the Silicon Valley USPTO. Topics to be discussed include:

  • key computer security patent application statistics and trends;
  • the cooperative patent classification system;
  • enhanced patent quality initiatives; and
  • interim guidance on patent subject matter eligibility.

Attendees can ask questions and provide input on the topics and share ideas during interactive discussions. The meeting is free to the public and will also be accessible via webcast. Registration and additional information can be obtained at

Ramey & Schwaller sponsors The Houston Wellness Project Run One Series!

Ramey & Schwaller is proud to once again sponsor the Run One Series Race events, this time for the one-mile race at the San Jacinto Monument on  January 30, 2016.  Please go to for registration. We hope to see you at the Race!

The Run One Series is a fundraiser for the Houston Wellness Project, a nonprofit organization focused on health and wellness. The organization was formed in response to a growing need for improved community access to wellness programming.

Ramey & Schwaller is a full-service, cutting-edge intellectual property law firm dedicated to enhancing client results through efficient practice management and the use of skilled professionals. The philosophy of Ramey & Schwaller is to provide the highest quality professional and legal services in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost through the use of innovative technologies, practices and procedures and ongoing education and training of the attorneys and professional staff.


USPTO to Host a January Patent Quality Chat Webinar

The USPTO will host its first Patent Quality Chat in the 2016 webinar series on Tuesday, January 12 from noon to 1 pm (ET). The Patent Quality Chat is a monthly, lunchtime webinar series designed to provide information on patent quality topics and gather input for the PTO. The January webinar chat will share information and collect feedback on (1) Topic Submission for Case Studies and (2) Post Grant Outcomes. The speakers will discuss the PTO’s Case Studies program and its recent Federal Register Notice requesting submissions and will present an overview of the Post Grant Outcomes program (a program to develop a process for providing post grant outcomes from sources, such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), to examiners of related applications).

You can join the discussion during the event by emailing (link sends e-mail). More information regarding the webinar is available from the USPTO.

USPTO (Alexandria facility)

Ramey & Browning settles patent infringement case in the Southern District of Texas

Bill Ramey, of Ramey & Browning, settled a patent infringement case styled KI Ventures, LLC v. Fry’s Electronics et al. over technology related to weapon shaped gun controllers.  The settlement was satisfactory to the Plaintiff.  The case number was Civil Action No. 4:13-cv-01407 pending in the Southern District of Texas.  Ramey & Browning represented the Plaintiffs.

Ramey & Browning sues University of Chicago for copyright ingfringement

On October 17, 2014, Ramey & Browning Bill Ramey filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the University of Chicago for its translation of Profesor Olivares’ Novelas amorosas y ejemplares in the Eastern District of Texas.  Professor Olivares, of the University of Houston, states that the translation aounts to academic piracy of a work he spent years developing.

The Maroon, the student nespaper of the University of Chicago, published an article commenting on the lawsuit.  The article can be found at

Ramey & Browning settles case against Bank of America and Scottsdale Insurance Company

Bill Ramey and Harry Laxton, the trial team for Ramey & Browning client Virginia Moherek settled all claims against Bank of America and Scottsdale Insurance Company in a case alleging breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and bad faith related to damage caused to the client’s home. The case was pending in the 80th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, under case number 2013-45238. Bill Ramey was quoted as saying, “We are happy tat our client was able to finally settle this matter.” The financial terms of the settlement are confidential.