Paul C. Van Slyke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Houston, TX

Hoover Slovacek LLP
 | 5051 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 888-229-9337
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (30%),
  • Media and Advertising (20%),
  • Technology Transactions (10%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Paul C. Van Slyke is senior counsel at the Houston law firm of Hoover Slovacek LLP. Since joining the firm in 2014, Paul has focused his practice not only on client counseling but also on assisting individual and business clients from throughout southeastern Texas in overcoming legal challenges related to litigation and transactions involving the following:

• Intellectual property
• Media and advertising
• Technology
• Entertainment and sports

Paul  began practicing law in 1968 after earning his law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and his admission to the State Bar of Texas. Since the beginning of his career, over 45 years ago, Paul has built a reputation for excellence, and, today, he continues to enjoy his position as a leading Texas attorney.

Paul's outstanding reputation and long record of success have led to a number of honors and awards. He has a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and he has received an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, the Best Lawyers in America has listed him among the country's top copyright law attorneys since 2009, and, in 2012, the organization named him the Lawyer of the Year in trademark law.

Paul is an active participant in the legal community. He is a past president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and a current member of the Houston Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law, and Law and Media committees. In addition, he is a member of a number of committees of the American Bar Association, including the Private Advertising Litigation Committee and the Consumer Protection Committee.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property (30%)
Intellectual Property Litigation (30%)
Media and Advertising (20%)
Technology Transactions (10%)
Entertainment & Sports (10%)

Intellectual Property (30%): Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Litigation (30%)

Media and Advertising (20%): Communications and Media Law

Technology Transactions (10%): Internet

Entertainment & Sports (10%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Focus Areas

Intellectual Property: Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Media and Advertising: Communications and Media Law

Technology Transactions: Internet

Entertainment & Sports: Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017

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About Paul Van Slyke

Admitted: 1969, Texas

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Honors and Awards:

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating of 5.0 of 5.0 for legal proficiency and ethics after lawyer peer review by Martindale Law Directory
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America © 2015 by Woodward White, Inc. for Intellectual Property Litigation, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law
  • Rated as a Leading National Trademark Practitioner by World Trademark Review a Globe Business Media Group service
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers®, 2015, Super Lawyers® is a registered trademark of Thomas Reuters

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Court of Appeals for the Fith and Federal Circuits, 1992
  • Texas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Trademark Association, Former Chair, Anti-Counterfeiting Committee and Right of Publicity Committee, 2005
  • American Bar Association, Member, Privacy and Data Protection Committee, Advertising Disputes and Litigation, and Consumer Protection Committees
  • Houston Bar Association, Member,  Committees on Entertainment, Sports Law and Law and Media
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Committee on Computer and eCommerce Litigation, Chair, 2003-2004
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Former President
  • State Bar of Texas, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Neuhaus Education Foundation, 2012
  • I serve as a pro Bono attorney for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA).  I have provided legal services for musicians, artists, writers, chamber music ensembles, music producers, and theaters.
  • Former Coach of SBISD Football and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Softball
  • Texas Lawyers for Children, Member
  • Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Member, Youth Leader, Board Member
  • Eagle Scout, Member of Pack 641 Troop Committee

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Apple Claims Exclusive Rights in Store Interior, 2014
  • Frequent Speaker and Author on legal topics including Litigation, Trademark Law, Advertising and Maketing Law, FTC Deceptive Trade Practices and Telemarketing Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Advertising and Marketing Law, University of Houston Law School

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Microsoft Corporation v. Various defendants (1995-1999)
  • Jardine v. NBC Universal, Inc. and McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (2008)
  • Fernandez v. Sans Wine & Spirits, Inc. (S.D. Tex 2012)
  • State of Texas v. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (TTAB 2010)
  • King Ranch, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc. (S.D. Tex 1992)
  • Houston Chronicle v. Richeter (Tex. State Court 1994)
  • Houston Chronicle v. Houston Post (S.D. Tex 1994)
  • Shannon v. Ross Dress for Less, Inc. (W.D. Texas 1990)
  • Riviana Foods, Inc. v. Romero-Nunez Susana (TTAB 2005)
  • King Ranch, Inc. v. GWB, Inc. (TTAB 2007)
  • Shell Oil Company v. Pennzoil Quaker State Dealers

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Domain Name Arbitrator of the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Technology Panel Mediator of the CPR institute for Dispute Resolution

Educational Background:

  • Southern Methdodist University, Dedman School of Law, Juris Doctor Decree, 1969
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, Bachelor of Science, Major: Electrical Engineering, 1964

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Cosmetics
  • Energy
  • Fashion
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
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    Office Location for Paul C. Van Slyke

    5051 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1200
    Houston, TX 77056

    Phone: 888-229-9337


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