Intellectual Property Owners Association

Serving the Global Intellectual Property Community


U.S. Trademark Law Committee


The Committee will identify and comment upon federal and state legislative activities that would or are likely to significantly affect U.S. trademark law and practice.  The Committee will also work in cooperation with the Amicus Brief Committee to identify opportunities for the IPO to consider filing amicus briefs in trademark cases.  The Committee will monitor developments related to the use of marks.  Where appropriate, the Committee will recommend positions that the IPO executive leadership may choose to advocate. The Committee will poll its membership on topics to be considered and will coordinate its efforts with other committees as appropriate.

Committee Roster

Chair: Valerie Verret, Exxon Mobil Corp.
Vice Chair: Erin S. Hennessy, Bracewell LLP
Vice Chair: Wendy C. Larson, Pirkey Barber PLLC
Secretary: Alicia Morris Groos, Norton Rose Fulbright
Board Liaison: Steven W. Miller, Procter & Gamble Co.
Staff Liaison: Samantha J. Aguayo, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Jill Abasto
 Qualcomm Incorporated

 Jennifer Robyn Ashton
 Seed IP Law Group LLP

 Brett A. August
 Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

 Eric J. Ball
 Fenwick & West LLP

 April L. Besl
 Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

 Peter Brody
 Ropes & Gray LLP

 Sarah Butler
 NERA Economic Consulting

 Patrick Concannon
 Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

 Joshua Dalton
 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP

 Theodore H. Davis, Jr.
 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

 Kirsten Donaldson
 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP

 Erica Fischer
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Lynn Y Hsu
 Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

 John Hurley
 Dell Technologies

 Mark Jansen
 Fenwick & West LLP

 Jonathan S. Jennings
 Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

 David P. Johnson
 Workman Nydegger

 Dana Justus
 Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC

 Robert J. Kenney
 Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP

 Nicole Kinsley
 Foley Hoag LLP

 Jered Matthysse
 Pirkey Barber PLLC

 Jennifer Mikulina
 McDermott Will & Emery

 Christopher Norton
 Arent Fox LLP

 John Plumpe
 Epsilon Economics

 Anthony E. Rufo
 Foley Hoag LLP

 Christine Ezzell Singer
 Ropes & Gray LLP

 James M. Slattery
 Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP

 Tiffany Trunko
 Pfizer Inc.

 David Weild, III
 Locke Lord LLP

 Meredith Wilkes
 Jones Day

Non-Voting Member:Janda M Carter, Caterpillar Inc.
Non-Voting Member:Gunnar Bjorn Gundersen, Gundersen & Gundersen LLP

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