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U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee


The Committee will work to improve patent prosecution practice in the USPTO. To that end, the Committee will:

1. Study and report on changes in patent practice proposed by the USPTO, with special attention to pre-grant practice. When appropriate, the Committee will propose comments on suggested changes in patent practice.

2. Survey the Committee membership for feedback on and changes to patent practice that can be recommended to the USPTO for implementation; collect, analyze, and report to appropriate USPTO officials feedback including suggestions and proposals for changes to patent practice and develop recommendations for changes in the Patent Act. The Committee will identify the most important changes and support IPO’s government relations team where appropriate as they work with relevant government officials and the legislature to have such changes implemented.

3. Foster additional dialog between IPO and the USPTO by holding periodic meetings with the Commissioner for Patents and other executives.

4. Work with other Patent Division Committees to conform U.S. patent practice to international standards, and to coordinate other activities relevant to this Committee’s charter with those Division Committees

5. Organize, sponsor and co-sponsor educational sessions on patent practice, including assisting in planning IPO’s Spring Summit and Annual Meeting.

Committee Roster

Chair: Kaveh Rashidi-Yazd, Siemens Corp.
Vice Chair: Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, Foley & Lardner LLP
Vice Chair: Roland G. McAndrews, Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
Vice Chair: Sunjeev Singh Sikand, RatnerPrestia
Secretary: Aamir Haq, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Board Liaison: Manny W. Schecter, IBM Corp.
Staff Liaison: Samantha J. Aguayo, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Ola Adekunle
 Google Inc.

 Joseph Agusta
 Qualcomm Incorporated

 Thomas E. Anderson
 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP

 Glenn Thomas Barrett
 Exxon Mobil Corp.

 Eric Berkowitz
 InterDigital Holdings, Inc.

 Travis D. Boone
 Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

 Julie Burke
 Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

 Sarah Burrows
 HP Inc.

 Carlyn Burton
 Osha Liang, LLP

 James Carroll
 General Electric Co.

 Christopher Cauble
 Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

 Charles Chesney
 Qualcomm Incorporated

 Ernest G. Cusick
 General Electric Co.

 Vincent M. DeLuca
 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

 Joshua Dingott
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Anne-Marie Dinius
 Dell Technologies

 Craig Drachtman
 Meagher Emanuel Laks Goldberg & Liao, LLP

 David Easwaran
 Alston & Bird LLP

 Tifani Edwards
 Dow Chemical Co.

 Noah K. Flaks

 Raju Goyal
 Google Inc.

 Michael S. Greenfield
 McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

 Michael Haas
 Koninklijke Philips N.V.

 Melissa Hansel
 Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough, L.L.P

 Jeremy Harrison
 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

 Bryan Jaketic
 Squire Patton Boggs

 Iona Kaiser
 Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

 Frank Keegan
 Koninklijke Philips N.V.

 Howard J. Klein
 Klein, O'Neill & Singh, LLP

 Jennifer Rice Knight
 Law Office of Jennifer Knight, PLLC

 Yasutsugu Kohara
 Toshiba America, Inc.

 Damian H. Kotsis
 Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

 Filip Kowalewski
 Siemens Corp.

 Mark Kupets
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Nicholas Lanzatella
 Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

 James K. Leonard
 Price Heneveld LLP

 Chris Lightner
 Alston & Bird LLP

 Joseph J. Mallon
 Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

 Daniel R. McClure
 McClure, Qualey & Rodack, LLP

 Rakesh Michael

 Steve Mork
 Dow Chemical Co.

 Wesley Nicolas
 Novo Nordisk Inc.

 Todd Aaron Ostomel
 Squire Patton Boggs

 Christopher L. Parmelee
 Siemens Corp.

 Surinder Punia

 John G. Rauch
 Brinks Gilson & Lione

 Arvind Reddy
 Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP

 Jason W. Rhodes
 Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP

 Marc V. Richards
 Brinks Gilson & Lione

 David Rodack
 McClure, Qualey & Rodack, LLP

 Kenneth Salen
 Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C.

 Joseph M. Sauer
 Jones Day

 Benjamin Searle
 HP Inc.

 Laura Sheridan
 Google Inc.

 Harry B. Shubin
 Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, PC

 Brian L. Smiler
 Roche, Inc.

 William F. Smith

 Steven Soucar

 Michael D. Stewart
 Patterson & Sheridan, LLP

 Yuji Uchigasaki
 Toshiba America, Inc.

 Todd Anthony Vaughn
 Jordan IP Law, LLC

 Letitia Walker
 Merck & Co Inc.

 John P. Wappel
 Caterpillar Inc.

 Jeff Woodworth
 HP Inc.

 Stephen Yoder
 IBM Corp.


Non-Voting Member:Joseph Anderson, III, Ballard Spahr LLP
Non-Voting Member:Stephen Calogero, IGT
Non-Voting Member:Michael L. Fuller, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Non-Voting Member:Kevin R. Greenleaf, Dentons US LLP
Non-Voting Member:Janet Diane Hood, Siemens Corp.
Non-Voting Member:Paul John Parins, Kagan Binder, PLLC
Non-Voting Member:Kiran Kanti Patel, Kramer & Amado, P.C.
Non-Voting Member:Eric Sutton, Oracle Corporation
Non-Voting Member:Stephen S. Wentsler, Wentsler LLC

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