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JOHN MASON MINGS V, 45, from Houston, Texas, passed away on Monday, the 18th of January, 2010. John received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Chemistry and Spanish in 1986 from Texas Tech University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Duke University with honors in 1989. At the time of his death, John was a partner at Baker Hostetler, L.L.P. and was previously a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. where he had practiced law for 20 years. Immediately after graduating from Duke Law School, John clerked for Judge Gibson in the Southern District of Texas, Federal Court in Galveston, Texas. John was a world renowned intellectual property lawyer for his entire legal career and was on the Board of Directors for the Brazil Chamber of Commerce, and an Executive Officer for Association Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual. He was an arbitrator for Camara de Comercio de Bogota, a member of the List of Arbitrators, World Intellectual Property Organization, General List of Arbitrators and Mediators, International Trade Association, and American Intellectual Property Law Association, and a Certified Mediator for the American Arbitration Association. John spoke at many conferences in the United States, Panama City, Brazil, Spain, Argentina, and Ecuador on behalf of the AIPPI, WIPO, ASIPI, and IPO associations in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. John was admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit and Fifth Circuit, U. S. District Courts in the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.John was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the Houston Yacht Club. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed spending time on the water with his family participating in various water activities. He was especially proud to watch them achieve their own successes in recent years in sailing competitions. John was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and had an incredible sense of humor that he could express in many languages. His "Mingisms" would always be expressed with dry wit in combination with an exaggerated accent that was always found to be hilarious by audiences of all ages. John enjoyed traveling with his family around the world to many exotic and exciting locations. He taught his children to appreciate many different languages and cultures and to seek the uniqueness of every situation. John's greatest joy was his love for his family and he took great pride in his children's activities and accomplishments. He was a supportive husband and father.John is survived by his loving wife, Kara May Mings, his beautiful children, John Mason Mings VI and Kaylie Elizabeth Mings, his father, John Mason Mings IV, his mother and stepfather, Patsy and Frank Underwood, his brothers, Carl Mings, Joshua Mings, Olin Underwood and Travis Underwood, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many additional loving family members.Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 21st of January, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.A celebration of John's life and memorial service is to held at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 22nd of January, 2010 in the Sanctuary of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Tom Pace, Senior Pastor, will officiate. A reception will immediately follow in Fellowship Hall of the church.John's honorary pallbearers are his partners at Baker Hostetler, prior partners at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., his brothers, Carl Mings, Joshua Mings, Olin Underwood and Travis Underwood, Forrest Bruch, Barry Kendrick, Raul DaSilva, Blaine Edwards, T. Ernest Freeman, Stephen G. May, Brian Casey, Mason Morgan, Haley Morgan, John Schnake, John Cardenas, Robert Brann, David Starr, Brian Moss and Jonathan Zonis.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family via "The John Mings Memorial Fund" c/o Baker Hostetler, 1000 Louisiana, Suite 2000, Houston, Texas 77002. -->

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 21, 2010.
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February 17, 2011
One of the conferences John attended was ASIPI meeting 2001 here in La Paz, Bolivia. After the conference he also participated in the post-conference activity that was the Inca trail trek called Takesi walking from the San Francisco Mine (4570 m.a.s.l.)and descend into the valleys of the Yungas to the Chojlla Mine (2270 m.a.s.l.). The local guides were the lawyers Carlos Arze and myself.
John allways remembered the Inca trail and was very proud of having done it.
We will keep John in our memories.

Pablo Kyllmann
DAK Intellectual Property
La Paz, Bolivia
Pablo Kyllmann
February 17, 2011
Dear Mings Family:
I met John at ASIPI 2001, and saw him every year at least twice at INTA and the yearly ASIPI meeting. He always surprised me with his kindness and friendliness, as well as an excellent Spanish. It is very sad not to see his smiling face again, we miss him a lot. I pray the Lord may comfort you for this terrible loss and that you can carry on with the memories of a remarkable person, such as John. My sympathies, Wolfgang Ohnes
Wolfgang Ohnes
February 16, 2011
Mings family,
John was a very good friend. He was a very gentle and courteous person. John was very integrated with the Latinamerican community of IP lawyers. He will always be remembered at all the Intellectual Property meetings he used to go. I hope you all find comfort in the good memories of when he was among us.
Luis Guinard
February 16, 2011
Dear Kara,
John was a good friend of many Brazilian lawyers, including myself. He visited us a few times in Rio and São Paulo and was always a courteous man, speaking fluent Spanish and learning Portuguese. We did not have much business relationship but we considered ourselves friends. We took him out for lunch a few times and he enjoyed Brazilian cuisine. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved one as I lost my 24-year-old son on October 23rd, 2009. We need to be strong and continue with our lives, specially when we have other family members that depend on us, as you have your kids. Be strong and keep the good memories of your husband. Sincerely ours, Valdir Rocha
IP Partner of Veirano Advogados
Rio de Janeiro, brazil
Valdir Rocha
February 15, 2011
Kara, Mason, Kaylie:

Already one year has passed since John passed away. Still in the numerous meetings of the executive committees of ASIPI hes is widely remembered and missed. We all hope that you are trying to overcome such a big loss.

Kind regards,

February 8, 2010
Dearest Kara:
I cannot possibly find the words to express my sadness to you and your family. John was an amazing man, and I know your heart is shattered. Please know I am praying for you, Mason, and Kaylie. I am here, and only a plane ride away.
Much Love,
Shannon Wood
Shannon Wood
February 4, 2010
Mings family and is hard to find words at a time like this but these seemed to speak out...

When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of god

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by god’s hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what he’s been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art and

Just look at you
You’re a wonder in the making
Oh and God’s not through no
In fact he’s just getting started...

God bless
February 1, 2010
I know there is a great bond between a parent and his children. I know how very much you love your sons. I pray that your wonderful memories will bring you some comfort. Don't forget that your friend is here for you.
Brenda Word
Gladewater, TX
January 30, 2010
...even in our sleep pain
that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
Uncle Pete and I love you all.
Martha Morgan
January 27, 2010

We have never met, but I wish you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed discussing IP issues, sailing, the military and history with John. He never forgot to ask about my son, who is in the Army. John’s sense of humor was priceless. I will miss him. May your memories of him provide comfort to you, his family and friends.

God’s peace to all,

Patty Meier
Patricia Meier
January 26, 2010
John was my best friend in law school, and went to Cozumel with me to do my first open water diving. He tried to teach me how to sail, and laughed (goodheartedly) at my utter failure (he ended up in the water more than once). He made me laugh, and together we did some of the most fun, and sometimes some of the most crazy things I ever have done. It all seems like a few days ago - because John left vivid memories. I can't imagine your pain, but you have the thoughts and prayers of many. John's memory will live a very long time in very many places, and all with fondness and respect.
Ken Smith
January 26, 2010
To Mr. Carl Ming, the entire families & friends of John M. Mings V, kindly accept my sincere condolences with you all who love him so much! I will always pray for his soul...God is with him .......


Elisa (From: Bahrain)
January 25, 2010
To My Cousin John - I love you and miss you. I would do anything to have you back.

To Kara, Mason and Kaylie - Be strong and know that we love you more than you can imagine.
Allison Piatak
January 25, 2010
I am very sorry to know John is not going to be with us any more, and will not share some time with him at the ASIPI meetings. He was such a gentleman I will never forget him. His family and him have been in my prayers since the moment I knew he passed away. God will take care of his wife and children.
Anabel Caldera
Estudio Caldera,S.A.
Managua, Nicaragua
Anabel Caldera
January 25, 2010
Dear Kara,
There is no way to express grief except to keep walking through it. I will pray for your family every day.
If there is anything that I can do, please let me or Olin know.
I love you,
Janet Z.
Janet Z.
January 25, 2010

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January 23, 2010
Kara, Mason, Kaylie,
You are in our prayers. We will always keep a spot for you in our hearts. Whenever you need a friend, our door is open and our cell phones are on. We love you like no others.
The Hart Family
January 23, 2010
Dear Kara, Mason, and Kaylie.
Words fail me now. Please know how I hold you in my mind and heart:
with much love. John, Peace Always.
James Mings
January 23, 2010
Dear Kara, Kaylie, Mason,

If the measure of a man's life is how he is esteemed in the hearts of others then John was king of the universe. I know he will be truly missed, but most of all by his family.

You are in our prayers forevermore.

Chris & Kennedy Powell BSA Troop 354
January 23, 2010
We hold you in our hearts John, Kara, Mason and Kaylie. We hold you in our prayers. We hold you in our thoughts. God holds you there too. Depend on us all. Remember, we will help in a heartbeat. We are so sorry for your loss.
Ruth and Gordie Keenan
January 23, 2010
I love you Toon.
Haley Morgan
January 22, 2010
We know there are no words to say to help ease your pain. Just know that God is in control and He will be with you every step of the way. We are praying for you and the kids. If you ever need to talk or anything, we are always here for you! Love you!

Laura Carlton and Lisa Romines
Laura Carlton
January 22, 2010

I was very sorry to hear of your loss. May you, Mason & Kylie find strength and peace.
Andrea C
January 22, 2010
Kara, you and your family have always been such an important part of my life. I am at loss of words. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dale Nye
January 22, 2010
Dear Mings Family --

I got to know John while we were both at Fulbright. I will always remember his intelligence and wit, and his concern and kindness in helping me adjust to life in Houston. He was an extraordinary individual and will be greatly missed by his peers and colleagues.

Rocky Rawls
Bracewell & Giuliani
January 22, 2010
January 22, 2010
Kara and Family,

May you and your children feel the comfort of God that surpasses all understanding.
Lee and Lisa Roberts
January 22, 2010
Kara, Kaylie and Mason, We have never met, but I wanted to convey my condolences on behalf of my family. Brian, Julie, Connor and Allison are dear friends of ours. Please know our prayers are with you and your entire family during this time of saddness. After reading some of the comments by so many of John's friends and colleagues, I know he will be dearly missed. With Sympathy, Shea, Jason, Emily and Hadley Ludwig
Shea Ludwig
January 22, 2010
Kara, Kaylie and Mason, may god bless you and may you be surrounded by the love and support of all your friends and family. John was a very special person to Brian and I. He was one of my first and closest friends at Fulbright, and he made Brian feel welcome in Texas when he moved to town. We both will always cherish our times together - sailing in San Diego, your visits to our home and all those wonderful memories from our days in Houston. John truly was a remarkable person - intelligent, caring, hysterically funny and a good friend - and we were blessed to have known him. We will always be here for the three of you, with friendship and love

The Moss Family
Vicky, Brian, Rebecca, Jordan, Sarah & Connor
Victoria Moss
January 22, 2010
Kara, Kaylie, Mason,

Paula and I send our deepest sympathy to you in this time of terrible loss.

Thomas Mings Sumners
January 22, 2010
Mrs. Mings,
You hold yourself together and keep your chin up. Hard as it is to apply, we're only here for a bit, if God created heaven and the earth in 6 days, and rested on the 7th, then time in heaven must be seconds to our own lifetimes. The living suffer, I hope for the dead, it's only seconds until they see us again. Your babies need you now, you be strong for them. Time will make this tolerable, you just make sure you stay strong, eat well, and take care of yourself. I lost my girls in 2001 in Texas City, I think of them each day, and the why's never go away... but time does ease the pain. Though right now, that comment is the most frusterating to hear, with the years, you will understand it more. I am truly sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers every day. God bless you and your children, I wish I could take your pain away~ I am so so sorry.
January 22, 2010
Kara, Mason and Kaylie:

We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

David and Laney Spear
Laney Spear
January 22, 2010
Laney Spear
January 22, 2010
Overnight sailing trip with John Mings - Galveston Area - Mid 90s
Dear Mings Family --

John was a very special person. He made me laugh more times than I can count and he helped me with a patent question that was VERY important to me.

One of my favorite memories of John was an overnight sailing trip we took in the mid 90s. Kentucky Fried Chicken never tasted so good!

-- Matt
Matthew Batchelor
January 22, 2010
You have my thoughts and prayers. I know what it is like to lose a child no matter their age. If you need anyone with whom to share your feelings, please know that I am here.

Robert Frazar Estes
Robert Estes
January 22, 2010
Kara, Please know we are praying for you and your precious children. May God give you the strength to get through these difficult days. I had hoped to attend the funeral but have a conflict on Friday. I will be thinking about you. With love, Amy
Amy Leibman
January 22, 2010
Kara, Mason and Kaylie,
You don't me but I attended Kara and John's wedding.It was a beautiful wedding over the sea.
When I was kid I remember having deep and witty conversations with John. My deepest condolances to the entire famly. This is a deep loss

John will live in my memory forever.

RIP John, you will be missed.
Joshua, Travis, Olin, Pat and Frank, also my sincere condolencies.

All our love in this time of sorrow,
Jennnifer Girod, Andre Girod and Joan Johnston from Albuquerque, NM
Jennifer Girod
January 21, 2010
Dear John,

Anywhere you are, we all miss you. From Brazil. Raul Lima
January 21, 2010
Kara, Kaylie and Mason,

I join your many friends and extensive family in grieving your loss. May your love for each other and the love of your family and friends comfort you.
Rob Rowlands
January 21, 2010
Kara, Mason & Kaylie,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family during this difficult time.
Ann, Howard, Austin & Avery Apel
January 21, 2010
Kara, Kaylie, Mason and family:

John was an unforgettable person, I will always remember him. I met John at my first INTA Congress and since then we became friends. He was a very warming and friendly person. John will be remembered by many people at many places... My sincere condolencies.
Ana Gomez Najera
January 21, 2010
Heard about your lost yesterday. I attempted to call you tonight. Want you to know that I love you and am thinking and praying for you and your family. Much love Vernice James, Norman, Oklahoma ( your dads good friend)
January 21, 2010

You were the kind of person who knew how to leave an indelible mark in those who where lucky to meet you. I will always remember you for your friendship, smile, great sense of humor and professionalism.

May God give your whole family, especially your wife and children, the strength and hope to carry on.

Nunca te olvidaré amigo.
Mariola Vasquez
January 21, 2010
Dear Kara:

I refer to the shocking news that John passed away last Monday. Since then I have been remembering our numerous anecdotes while we shared the Executive Committee of ASIPI. He became a member of the Committee in 2003. However, I already knew John several years before.

It will always strike me John´s commitment, dedication, perseverance and special interest to integrate himself to Latin-American Culture. Also, I really admired his determination to speak Spanish and Portuguese properly. I used to ask for his wise and impartial advice every time I had the chance, as well.

I am deeply sorry about his unexpected death, and I am sure he will always be in our prayers and his memory will always be in our hearts.

On behalf of ASIPI and its Executive Committee, I would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your loved children (Kaylie and Mason) and hope you will be able to go through this painful process.

Kindest regards,

Fernando Triana
January 21, 2010
Kara, Kaylie, Mason,

We would like all of you to know that here in Mexico we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

We will miss John. The time we spent in Houston was wonderful and special thanks to all of you and we remember those days fondly.
Alvaro and Teresa Huerta
January 21, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kaylie and Mason. John was a good man, friend, and always great fun to hang out with. We will miss him sorely.

The Cardenas Family
January 21, 2010
Kara, Kylie, Mason, & family;

Although we have never met, we would like to send you our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel this difficult road. May your good memories guide and surround you with Peace and Comfort in the days to come and may the Good Lord wrap His arms around you all today and in the days to come as HE will be there EVERY step of the way to guide you with HIS support and give you understand and peace.

Sincerely, Ty & Ann Thurmond & family

*family of Joey and Candace (MAY) Thurmond*
January 21, 2010

You were not only our favorite US IP Attorney but a sincere and caring friend. We will miss your perfect Spanish and your sense of humor. Your family will always be in our prayers. We hope God will give them the strength they need.

Edy Portal, Miriam Miranda and Vanessa Tercero (El Salvador)
January 21, 2010
May John rest in peace and I truly pray, specially, for his wife and kids to find all the needed strength and hope to support this painful and difficult time.

John will be missed between all his IP friends, worldwide.

Joana Siqueira - Rio de Janiero, Brazil
joana siqueira
January 21, 2010
Kara, my prayers are with you and your family.

Paul Vera
Port Arthur Yacht Club
January 21, 2010
God's speed to Kara, Kaylie, and Mason. Our prayers are with you.

Your friends from the FWBC,

Mike Schwinn
Mike Schwinn
January 21, 2010
Our prayers go out to all the Mings family in your time of sorrow. May the lord be with each of you now and always.
Gordon/Betty Reynolds
January 21, 2010
Kara, Kaylie, Mason,

I just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss John.

Leigh Ann and Brian
January 21, 2010
Sending my prayers and condolences to the Mings' family in their time of sorrow. John was a wonderful man and father and genius in his line of work. He will not be forgotten.


Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day.

Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still, this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
Katie Cortes
January 21, 2010
John, thank you for sharing with us your friendship, knowledge and professionalism. Your early departure is a great loss and you will always be missed.

My thoughts and prayers to your wife and kids, in this time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jose Vega
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