Intellectual Property Owners Association

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Patent Search Committee


This Committee will examine topics, and be a resource for information related to patent searching.  It will define and publicize different categories of patent searches (e.g., patentability, validity, infringement, right to practice), analyze techniques and sources for doing such searches, and promote best practices related to patent searching.  The Committee will provide feedback on the USPTO’s efforts to develop new search templates or guidelines to assist in searching specific patent classes and sub-classes.  It will examine searching in crowded art areas that are difficult to search, as well as in emerging new technologies where an abundance of non-patented prior art may be present.  In addition, the Committee will review the availability of search-related information from foreign countries and will work with IPO’s International Patent Law and Practice and U.S. Patent Office Practice committees and the IPO Industry Trilateral Group to foster dialog about subjects related to patent searching.  It will develop a proposal for standardizing nomenclature in new technology areas where standard definitions do not exist — such as in the fields of business methods, software, and nanotechnology.  The Committee will work with IPO’s Software and Business Methods committee on this issue.  It will propose ways to educate IPO members, and in particular, small businesses, about subjects related to patent searching.

Committee Roster

Chair: Stephen Sampson, Caterpillar Inc.
Vice Chair: Ford Khorsandian, Technology & Patent Research International, Inc.
Secretary: Mark A. Harper, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Board Liaison: Elizabeth A. Lester, Equifax Inc.
Staff Liaison: Colleen Wellington-Caban, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Daniel Aleksynas
 The Dobrusin Law Firm, PC

 Lucia Antunes

 Michael B. Chernoff

 Adam A. Greyson
 HP Inc.

 Ellen M. Krabbe
 Bemis Company, Inc.

 Greg A. Mcallister
 Medtronic, Inc.

 Rosiland Rollins
 Dickinson Wright

 Anup Suresh
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Swatika Taneja
 Kashish Intellectual Property Group

 Ian Wetherbee
 Google Inc.

 Cheryl Xia
 BP America, Inc.


Non-Voting Member:Jason Rockman, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

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