Intellectual Property Owners Association

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International Patent Law & Trade Committee


The Committee will focus on proposing IPO positions for policies addressing international IP laws, especially regarding the acquisition and enforcement of patents. The ultimate goal is to obtain a system that provides uniform, objective, predictable, and cost-effective prosecution and enforcement of patents globally. Specifically, the Committee will study proposals from WIPO, national and regional patent offices, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The Committee will monitor IP-related developments at WIPO to educate its members.

The Committee will continue work and discussions related to improving the cost efficiency of international patent portfolios. In addition, the Committee will disseminate and exchange information and views within the IPO on the above developments, especially on the effects of these developments on an international patent portfolio.

This Committee’s responsibilities will include coordinating contributions to IPO’s Special 301 comments to the U.S. Trade Representative. The Committee’s primary responsibility will be identifying issues for potential inclusion in the comments, and synthesizing the feedback of relevant IPO committees into a cohesive statement of IPO’s views.

Committee Roster

Chair: Stephen W. Bauer, Medtronic, Inc.
Vice Chair: Janet Cord, Ladas & Parry LLP
Vice Chair: Mark Guetlich, Viziv Technologies, LLC
Vice Chair: Ognian V. Shentov, Jones Day
Secretary: Mark W. Croll, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
Board Liaison: Todd N. Spalding, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
Staff Liaison: Thomas S. Valente, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 John Beninati
 Honeywell International Inc.

 Cristian Bittel
 Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

 Anouk Boon
 Shell International B.V.

 Kevin Cordina
 Simmons & Simmons LLP

 John P. Darling
 General Electric Co.

 Janet E. Fair
 Merck & Co Inc.

 Jan Frankhuizen
 HP Inc.

 Mareesa A. Frederick
 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

 Mavis Gallenson
 Ladas & Parry LLP

 Roger Gobrogge

 Dean M. Harts
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 Samson Helfgott
 Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

 Elizabeth E. Houlihan
 Houlihan² Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

 Mr. George W. Jonas
 BP America, Inc.

 Tod Kupstas
 Siemens Corp.

 Taylor Meacham

 G. Peter Nichols
 Brinks Gilson & Lione

 Sergio L. Olivares, Jr.
 Olivares Y Compania S.C.

 Jonathan P. Osha
 Osha Liang, LLP

 Michael Pedley
 BP America, Inc.

 Kathryn A. Piffat

 Sharon Reiche
 Pfizer Inc.

 Kent Robbins

 Rebecca P. Rokos
 Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

 Bhanu Sadasivan
 McDermott Will & Emery

 Adam Schlosser
 Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP

 Mark Scott
 Siemens Corp.

 Philip Soo
 3M Innovative Properties Co.

 Tsu-shin Gail Su
 Google Inc.

 Erika Takeuchi
 Dow Chemical Co.

 Holger Carl Tostmann
 Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann

 Randall Vaas
 Google Inc.

 Bill Warren
 Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

 David M. Weisberg
 Boisbrun Hofman PLLC

 Stephen S. Wentsler
 Wentsler LLC

 Sansun Yeh
 Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Non-Voting Member:Steven M. Auvil, Squire Patton Boggs
Non-Voting Member:David Black, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
Non-Voting Member:Alex Bridge, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Non-Voting Member:Santosh K. Chari, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Non-Voting Member:Manisha A. Desai, UCB Biopharma SPRL
Non-Voting Member:Maximilienne Giannelli, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Non-Voting Member:Guillaume Jaulerry
Non-Voting Member:Alex Liang, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Non-Voting Member:Erica Lowthers, Aird & McBurney LP
Non-Voting Member:Toby Mak, Tee & Howe Intellectual Property Attorneys
Non-Voting Member:Mickki Murray, Medtronic, Inc.
Non-Voting Member:Corey Salsberg, Novartis
Non-Voting Member:Judy Shi, Advance China IP Law Office
Non-Voting Member:Wenwen Wang, Advance China IP Law Office
Non-Voting Member:Lawrence T. Welch

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