Intellectual Property Owners Association

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European Practice Committee


The European Practice Committee is the Voice of Europe within the global organization of IPO and a voice of IPO with respect to European institutions. The European Practice Committee envisions a balanced representation of committee members appointed by the IPO President from all industry sectors and other categories of IPO members, with a substantial number of committee members physically located in Europe. The Committee will identify, monitor, study and recommend an IPO position on European-wide Intellectual Property Rights issues. Furthermore, the Committee has the objective to disseminate and exchange information and views within global IPO regarding intellectual property issues in Europe, and to make recommendations to the IPO Board of Directors on possible harmonization of patent, trademark and copyright laws among Europe, Asia, the United States, and other regions. This committee will also study and report on issues relating to European antitrust and competition laws impacting intellectual property owners and seek to educate IPO members about these issues.

Committee Roster

Chair: Manisha A. Desai, UCB Biopharma SPRL
Chair: Gautier Engisch, Procter & Gamble Co.
Vice Chair: Matthew Georgiou, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
Vice Chair: Aloys Hüttermann, Michalski Hüttermann & Partner
Vice Chair: James Signor, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
Secretary: David Black, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
Board Liaison: Thomas Smith, GlaxoSmithKline
Staff Liaison: Thomas S. Valente, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Thomas J. Adam
 Peterreins Schley Patent-und Rechtsanwalte

 Robert Burrows
 Bristows LLP

 Jean-Jacques Canonici
 Gevers Patents

 Gabriela Catana
 Exxon Mobil Corp.

 Jim Denness
 Abel & Imray

 Maurizio Di Stasio
 Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH

 Marc Doring
 Allen & Overy, LLP

 Cass Dottridge
 Cargill, Incorporated

 Christopher Ward Ferguson
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Naoise Gaffney
 Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC

 David Galaun
 Cisco Systems, Inc.

 Francesca Giovannini
 Osha Liang SARL

 Geert Glas
 Allen & Overy, LLP

 Tobias Hahn
 Hoyng Rokh Monegier

 Brian Hamilton
 Dell Technologies

 Armin Herlitz

 Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford
 Jones Day

 Tobias Kaufmann
 Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft MbB

 Nicolas Kerscher
 Caterpillar Inc.

 Paul Kovelman
 Medtronic, Inc.

 Brian Lefort
 Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

 Darren Lewis
 D Young & Co LLP

 Richard Lloyd
 HP Inc.

 Stephen J. Mackenzie
 Koch Industries Inc.

 Ann Mareschal
 Exxon Mobil Corp.

 Scott Marty
 Ballard Spahr LLP

 Jasper Meyer Zu Riemsloh
 Wildanger Kehrwald Graf V. Schwerin & Partner

 Cyra Nargolwalla
 Cabinet Plasseraud

 Dominic O'Brien
 GE Healthcare

 Alessandro Orsi
 HP Inc.

 John B. Pegram
 Fish & Richardson, PC

 Jens Petry
 Squire Patton Boggs

 John Richards
 Ladas & Parry LLP

 Keith Stephen Ruddock
 Pfizer Inc.

 Regina Sam Penti
 Ropes & Gray LLP

 Michael Sneddon
 MultiLing Corporation

 Andrew Spicer
 InterDigital Holdings, Inc.

 Leo Steenbeek
 Koninklijke Philips N.V.

 Tom Turner
 Abel & Imray

 Frank Van Coppenolle
 Gevers Patents

 Brian Wacter
 Apple Inc.

 Leythem Wall
 HGF Limited

 Adam Weeks
 Corning Incorporated

 Richard Willoughby
 D Young & Co LLP


Non-Voting Member:Michele Connors, Dell Technologies
Non-Voting Member:Robert B. Furr, Jr., INVISTA S.À.R.L.
Non-Voting Member:Mark P. Houghton, Patent Outsourcing Limited
Non-Voting Member:Johannes F. Lang, Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft MbB
Non-Voting Member:Paul Leblond, Google Inc.
Non-Voting Member:Jake Marshall, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

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