At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas, Joe Cleveland was presented with the Chair’s Award for outstanding service to the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
As Chair of the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section from 2013-2016, Mr. Cleveland was instrumental in drafting the proposed legislation, preparing the bill analysis and testifying before Senate and House Committees of the 83rd and the 85th Texas Legislatures in support of the adoption of the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act and amendments thereto. Mr. Cleveland also helped draft the Texas Pattern Jury Charges for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets published in the Texas Pattern Jury Charges—a legal guide used by state and federal courts throughout Texas. In the preface to the 2016 edition of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges, it was noted that “the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee was indebted to the Trade Secrets Committee for its work on the pattern jury charges for trade-secret misappropriation. Under the leadership of Joseph F. Cleveland, Jr., the Trade Secrets Committee reviewed and provided significant feedback on the committee’s jury charges on misappropriation of trade secrets. The Trade Secrets Committee’s input was invaluable and helpful to ensure the accuracy of those questions and instructions.”
Mr. Cleveland also helped lead intellectual property workshops for startups and inventors in the Rio Grand Valley, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and El Paso, sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark office and the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas.