Intellectual Property Owners Association

Serving the Global Intellectual Property Community


Amicus Brief Committee


This committee is by appointment only.

The IPO Amicus Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in determining whether the organization should file an amicus brief related to an important intellectual property issue pending in a judicial or administrative matter. In general, the committee will first decide whether an issue significantly impacts the value of intellectual property rights or the ability of owners of intellectual property to enforce such rights. In making its recommendation to the Board, the committee will not only consider the interests of owners of intellectual property, but also the rights of the public. If the committee recommends IPO participation in a matter, and the Board approves, the committee shall then ensure that an appropriate brief is drafted, approved and submitted to the court or administrative agency.

Committee Roster

Chair: Kevin H. Rhodes, 3M Innovative Properties Co.
Vice Chair: Paul H. Berghoff, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
Vice Chair: Gregory A. Castanias, Jones Day
Staff Liaison: Hannah Denny, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Mark J. Abate
 Goodwin Procter, LLP

 Ronald A. Antush
 Nokia of Americas Corp

 Buckmaster de Wolf
 General Electric Co.

 Robert DeBerardine
 Johnson & Johnson

 Lauren A. Degnan
 Fish & Richardson, PC

 Bart Eppenauer
 Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

 Krish Gupta
 Dell Technologies

 Robert M. Isackson
 Leason Ellis

 J. Michael Jakes
 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

 William Krovatin
 Merck & Co Inc.

 Wendy C. Larson
 Pirkey Barber PLLC

 Micky Minhas
 Microsoft Corp.

 George Pappas
 Covington & Burling LLP

 Paik Saber
 Medtronic, Inc.

 Manny W. Schecter
 IBM Corp.

 Brian Suffredini
 United Technologies Corp.

 Errol Taylor
 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP



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