Intellectual Property Owners Association

Serving the Global Intellectual Property Community


Patent Search Committee


This Committee will examine topics and be a resource for information related to patent searching. It will define and publish different category guidelines related to patent searching (e.g., patentability, validity, infringement, right to practice), analyze techniques and sources for doing such searches, and outline best practices related to patent searching. The Committee will provide feedback on major patent offices’ initiatives related to public availability of patent data as well as new patent examination search methodologies. It will examine search related matters, in cooperation with other IPO committees when appropriate. In addition, the Committee will review the availability of search-related information from patent information suppliers and foreign countries to foster dialog about subjects related to patent searching. The Committee will propose ways, through published documents, to educate IPO members about subjects related to patent searching.

Committee Roster

Chair: Stephen Sampson, Caterpillar Inc.
Vice Chair: Ford Khorsandian, Technology & Patent Research International, Inc.
Secretary: Mark A. Harper, Burris Law, PLLC
Board Liaison: KaRan Reed, BP America, Inc.
Staff Liaison: Thomas S. Valente, Intellectual Property Owners Association


 Cynthia Sy Barcelon-Yang
 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

 Cynthia A. Dixon
 Haynes and Boone, LLP

 Mike Golin
 Tenneco Inc.

 Julia N. Heinrich
 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

 Dana Kolesar
 Johnson Matthey Inc.

 Krista Kostiew

 Ellen M. Krabbe
 FRESCO Services

 Greg A. Mcallister
 Medtronic, Inc.

 Jaya Mohanan
 BASF Corporation

 Senthil Kumar Nageswaran

 David Nickelson
 Techson IP

 Elizabeth Peters
 Barnes & Thornburg LLP

 Joseph Polimeni
 IBM Corp.

 Sam Savanich
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 Gregory C. Schodde
 McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

 Elizabeth Threlkeld
 Middleton Reutlinger

 Ian Wetherbee
 Google Inc.

 Martha J. Yates
 Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH

Non-Voting Member:Daniel Bezdjian, TraskBritt, P.C.
Non-Voting Member:Matthew Seeley, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

If you are an IPO Member, you may login to view committee contact information by clicking here.