Paul C. Van Slyke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

Hoover Slovacek LLP
 | 5051 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-714-2189
Fax: 713-977-5395
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (40%),
  • Intellectual Property (40%),
  • Technology Transactions (20%)
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded intellectual property attorney, Paul C. Van Slyke is senior counsel at Hoover Slovacek LLP. From the firm's office in Houston, Texas, he provides representation to businesses throughout the country in a variety of related matters. Mr. Van Slyke has acted as first chair in trials involving trademark, patent and copyright infringement, trade secret and likeness misappropriation, and noncompete cases. He has also handled litigation rising under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and he has appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in arbitration proceedings involving domain names.

Mr. Van Slyke's clients come from a variety of industries, including luxury goods, apparel, cosmetics, energy, food and beverage, and entertainment. He has extensive experience in trademark registration and licensing, and he provides advice and counsel to his clients with respect to regulatory compliance concerning the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Van Slyke has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2009. He has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Mr. Van Slyke received a Bachelor of Science in electrical, electronics and communications engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1964. He then went on to attend the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1968. Before entering private practice, Mr. Van Slyke was patent counsel at a major oil and gas producer and refiner. He is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, and his federal admissions include the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Van Slyke is recognized after peer review as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1970

Mr. Van Slyke has been recognized after peer review in Best Lawyers in America for Trademark Law, Copyright law, and Litigation-Intellectual Property for every year since 2012

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Litigation (40%)
Intellectual Property (40%)
Technology Transactions (20%)

Intellectual Property Litigation (40%)

Intellectual Property (40%): Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Technology Transactions (20%): Internet

Focus Areas

Copyrights, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law, Internet


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Paul Van Slyke

Admitted: 1969, Texas

Professional Webpage:


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America © 2015 by Woodward White, Inc. for Intellectual Property Litigation, Trademark Law, and Copyright Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell rated AV® Preeminent™ – An AV® certification mark is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Selected to the Super Lawyers®, 2015, Super Lawyers® is a registered trademark of Thomas Reuters
  • Rated as a Leading National Trademark Practitioner by World Trademark Review a Globe Business Media Group service
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating of 5.0 of 5.0 for legal proficiency and ethics after lawyer peer review by Martindale Law Directory
  • Listed in Top Attorneys in Texas Selected by Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement, Top Attorneys in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Former Coach of SBISD Football and Memorial Drive Presbyterian Softball
  • Board Member, Neuhaus Education Foundation, 2012
  • Eagle Scout
  • 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, scriptwriters, chamber music ensembles, and music producers.
  • Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Member, Youth Leader, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

  • Southern Methodist 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: 713-714-2189

Fax: 713-977-5395

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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