Intellectual Property Owners Association

Serving the Global Intellectual Property Community


Patent Search Committee


This Committee will examine topics, and be a resource for information related to patent searching.  It will define and publish different category guidelines related to patent searching (e.g., patentability, validity, infringement, right to practice), analyze techniques and sources for doing such searches, and outline best practices related to patent searching.  The Committee will provide feedback on major patent offices’ initiatives related to public availability of patent data as well as new patent examination search methodologies.  It will examine search-related matters, in cooperation with other IPO committees when appropriate.  In addition, the Committee will review the availability of search-related information from patent information suppliers and foreign countries to foster dialog about subjects related to patent searching.  The Committee will propose ways, through published documents, to educate IPO members 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: Samantha J. Aguayo, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Krista Kostiew
 Cantor Colburn LLP

 Ellen M. Krabbe
 CPA Global North America LLC

 Greg A. Mcallister
 Medtronic, Inc.

 Joseph Polimeni
 IBM Corp.

 Sam Savanich
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Gregory C. Schodde
 McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

 Ian Wetherbee
 Google Inc.

 Cheryl Xia
 BP America, Inc.



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