Intellectual Property Owners Association

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International Patent Law & Trade Committee


The Committee will focus on proposing IPO positions for policies addressing international IP laws, especially regarding the acquisition and enforcement of patents. The ultimate goal is to obtain a system that provides uniform, objective, predictable, and cost-effective prosecution and enforcement of patents globally. Specifically, the Committee will study proposals from WIPO, national and regional patent offices, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The Committee will monitor IP-related developments at WIPO to educate its members.

The Committee will continue work and discussions related to improving the cost efficiency of international patent portfolios. In addition, the Committee will disseminate and exchange information and views within the IPO on the above developments, especially on the effects of these developments on an international patent portfolio.

This Committee’s responsibilities will include coordinating contributions to IPO’s Special 301 comments to the U.S. Trade Representative. The Committee’s primary responsibility will be identifying issues for potential inclusion in the comments, and synthesizing the feedback of relevant IPO committees into a cohesive statement of IPO’s views.

Committee Newsletter Index Page

Committee Roster

Chair: Stephen W. Bauer, Medtronic, Inc.
Chair: Anouk Boon, Shell International B.V.
Vice Chair: Janet Cord, Ladas & Parry LLP
Vice Chair: Mark Guetlich, Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP
Vice Chair: Ognian V. Shentov, Jones Day
Secretary: Mark W. Croll, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
Board Liaison: Todd N. Spalding, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Staff Liaison: Thomas S. Valente, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 John P. Darling
 General Electric Co.

 Janet E. Fair
 Merck & Co Inc.

 Jan Frankhuizen
 HP Inc.

 Mavis Gallenson
 Ladas & Parry LLP

 Roger Gobrogge

 Dean M. Harts
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 Samson Helfgott
 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

 Mr. George W. Jonas
 BP America, Inc.

 Tod Kupstas
 Siemens Corp.

 G. Peter Nichols
 Brinks Gilson & Lione

 Sergio L. Olivares, Jr.
 Olivares Y Compania S.C.

 Kathryn A. Piffat

 Kent Robbins

 Rebecca P. Rokos
 Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

 Adam Schlosser
 Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP

 Mark Scott
 Siemens Corp.

 Philip Soo
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 Tsu-shin Gail Su
 Google Inc.

 Holger Carl Tostmann
 Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann

 Randall Vaas
 Google Inc.

 David M. Weisberg
 Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

 Stephen S. Wentsler
 Wentsler LLC

 Karl-Heinz Wohlfrom
 Schmitt-Nilson Schraud Waibel Wohlfrom Patent Attorneys

 Ari Zytcer
 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Non-Voting Member:Alex Bridge, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Non-Voting Member:Santosh K. Chari, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Non-Voting Member:Guillaume Jaulerry
Non-Voting Member:Alex Liang, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Non-Voting Member:Corey Salsberg, Novartis

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