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Smart and fair, Karen Tripp has spent decades pursuing law. She loves having the opportunity to help clients, particularly with intellectual property, and as the head of her own eponymous firm, she is able to do just that. Her main focus is oilfield, chemical, and licensing patents, although she has experience in a variety of other areas as well. Her professional resume includes roles as the president of Blake Barnett & Company, head of the intellectual property section of the Houston Office of Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, Attorneys at Law, shareholder and associate at Arnold, White and Durkee, attorney and technical transfer coordinator for the Exxon Production Research Company, and law clerk to both Tucker, Gray & Epsy and the presiding justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Outside of her practice, Ms. Tripp enjoys using her knowledge to help out in her community. She is an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a member of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, and has created and planned many intellectual planning conferences and women corporate counsels. She has also edited the “Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook” and the “Intellectual Property Law Review,” and has contributed numerous articles to professional journals. Further, Ms. Tripp held positions on the planning committee of the State Bar of Texas, the board and the nominations committee of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, the patent law committee of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, and the intellectual property law section and ethics committee of ABA, among many others.

Ms. Tripp prepared for her endeavors by earning a JD from the University of Alabama in 1981 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in 1976. She then became admitted to practice in the state of Texas, as well as in the United States District Court of the Western, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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