And as long as we’re doing “Year in Review” …

A little off-topic, but I also just put out my year-end review of my models completed in 2020. Usually it’s a mix of aircraft, spacecraft, and different types of ships, but due to some related research 2020 was six straight Essex-class carrier builds, with the last two still on the build boards – I hope to have them done late this month or next, depending on how my trial schedule works out. (An order that just came across the wire from Judge Albright makes it look like it might be sooner).

The full article on the builds with links to the build albums is available here.

TIPLF Announces Diversity Scholarship Program

The Texas IP Law Foundation is seeking underwriters for its diversity scholarship program.

On July 5, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the Lanham Trademark Act, the law that guides and informs so much of the work intellectual property lawyers do every day to protect the brands and reputations of American businesses.

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Lanham Act, the Texas Intellectual Property Law Foundation commissioned a beautiful commemorative book about this important milestone in trademark protection. The Foundation has applied for and expects IRS approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is requesting a tax-deductible donation by attorneys, law firms, or other organizations to support its diversity scholarship program in honor of Texas Congressman Fritz Lanham from Weatherford, Texas.

All donors of at least $1,500 before January 15, 2021 will receive special recognition at the celebration next year, and will be prominently acknowledged in the commemorative book, which is depicted in the mock-up above. Unfortunately, January 15 is a hard publication deadline. The publisher has indicated that no more changes to the commemorative book can be made after that date.

Additionally, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas have jointly commissioned a special exhibition and documentary about Lanham and the Lanham Act to highlight the significance of this legislation. The Lanham exhibition and documentary will be premiered at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Fort Worth on June 17-18, 2021. They will also be displayed at various conferences, meetings and events across the country throughout the upcoming year and is planned to be permanently installed at the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Alexandria, Virginia.

If you or your firm would like to support this worthy cause, please send your donation to the Foundation treasurer Joe Cleveland, 100 Main Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76102 at