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International Patent Law & Practice Committee


The IPO International Patent Law & Practice Committee will focus on developing IPO positions for the harmonization and simplification of the patent laws of the world regarding the acquisition and enforcement of patents.  The ultimate goal is to obtain a system that provides uniform, objective, predictable, and cost effective acquisition and enforcement of patents globally.

The International Patent Law & Practice Committee will continue to study proposals from, and provide input to, USTPO, WIPO, EPO, JPO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to advance the harmonization of global patent laws. It will continue to attend and provide input to the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Reform discussions in Geneva, which continue to work on further enhancements to the PCT to afford a more robust, efficient and extensive platform from which a “world patent” might be filed and examined.

In order to achieve these goals, this committee will continue its support of efforts to negotiate a limited basket of harmonization provisions via the Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) and otherwise. It will also work toward the enactment of appropriate protocols for IP enforcement.  In addition, the committee will work to educate judges and other professionals around the world.

The committee will continue to express IPO established views at these fora, and will recommend for adoption by the IPO Board as new proposals are presented.

Committee Newsletter Index Page

Committee Roster

Chair: Anouk Boon, Shell International B.V.
Vice Chair: Janet Cord, Ladas & Parry LLP
Vice Chair: Mark Guetlich, Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP
Vice Chair: Holger Carl Tostmann, Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann
Secretary: Mark W. Croll, Valipat
Board Liaison: Heath Hoglund, Dolby Laboratories
Staff Liaison: Vanessa Pierce Rollins, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Stuart D. Bartow
 Paul Hastings LLP

 George S. Blasiak
 Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

 Tony Chen
 Jones Day

 Manav Das
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Jan Frankhuizen
 HP Inc.

 Mr. Yan Glickberg
 Koninklijke Philips N.V.

 Roger Gobrogge
 ITIP ProFiciency, LLC

 Richard Hamer

 Brian Hamilton
 Dell Technologies

 Ulrich Harbach
 Tergau & Walkenhorst

 Dean M. Harts
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 Salim A. Hasan
 Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.

 Samson Helfgott
 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

 Mr. George W. Jonas
 BP America, Inc.

 John Kinton
 Jones Day

 Charles S. Knobloch
 Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders, LLP.

 Tod Kupstas
 Siemens Corp.

 Lisa Liou
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Lisa E. Margonis
 Osha Liang, LLP

 Wilson Mathew
 HP Inc.

 Douglas B. McKnight
 Koninklijke Philips N.V.

 Matthew Molloy
 Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

 Larry Moskowitz
 Qualcomm, Inc.

 Eden Moura
 MultiLing Corporation

 G. Peter Nichols
 Brinks Gilson & Lione

 Christian Paul
 Jones Day

 Kathryn A. Piffat

 Kent Robbins

 Rebecca P. Rokos
 Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

 Fraser Roy
 Workman Nydegger

 Adam Schlosser
 Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP

 Mark Scott
 Siemens Corp.

 Philip Soo
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 John Treangen
 Dow Chemical Co.

 Randall Vaas
 Google Inc.

 Philip R. Wadsworth
 Wadsworth IP LLC

 Annie Wang
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

 Karl-Heinz Wohlfrom
 KSNH Patent Attorneys

Non-Voting Member:Santosh K. Chari, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Non-Voting Member:John J. Cheek, Caterpillar Inc.
Non-Voting Member:Matthew L. Madsen, Monsanto Co.
Non-Voting Member:Suzanne Michel, Google Inc.
Non-Voting Member:John B. Pegram, Fish & Richardson, PC
Non-Voting Member:Kaveh Rashidi-Yazd, Siemens Corp.
Non-Voting Member:Roberto Rodrigues Pinho, Licks Advogados
Non-Voting Member:Laura Sheridan, Google Inc.

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