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International Patent Law & Practice Committee


The Committee will focus on developing IPO positions for international harmonization of patent laws especially with regard to 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) aimed at harmonization of patent laws.  It will monitor, advise, and provide input to IPO’s delegates involved in the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) reform discussions and initiatives by the Industry Trilateral, IP5, and Group B+   In addition, the Committee will have the objective to disseminate and exchange information and views within the IPO on the above developments especially the effects on an international patent portfolio.  The Committee will recommend for adoption by the IPO Board as new proposals are presented.

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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: Samantha J. Aguayo, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Staff Liaison: Thomas S. Valente, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Stuart D. Bartow
 Paul Hastings LLP

 George S. Blasiak
 Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

 Tony Chen
 Jones Day

 Kenny Chuang
 Jianq Chyun IP Office

 John P. Darling
 General Electric Co.

 Manav Das
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Jan Frankhuizen
 HP Inc.

 Mavis Gallenson
 Ladas & Parry LLP

 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.

 Youngae Kim
 InterDigital Holdings, Inc.

 John Kinton
 Jones Day

 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 Incorporated

 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
 Schmitt-Nilson Schraud Waibel Wohlfrom Patent Attorneys

 Ari Zytcer
 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

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:Kaveh Rashidi-Yazd, Siemens Corp.
Non-Voting Member:Laura Sheridan, Google Inc.

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