Committees

The Association has a combined total of twenty-four active Committees and Delegates, whose scope covers all aspects of intellectual property law and practice and related topics, including alternative dispute resolution, legislative oversight and amicus briefs, meetings and forums, and continuing legal education.

Take advantage of volunteering for one of our many committees! You will have the opportunity to be part of a professionally rewarding activity and develop a strong network that will endure throughout your career. Volunteer activities include helping plan a CLE program, speaking at an event, writing articles for publications and more. Explore the scope of the committees. Committee selection process is open to only members and takes place in May for a one year term. However, if you miss the deadline, you can contact the Committee Chair regarding your interest to volunteer.

 

Scope of the Committee
To coordinate the activities of the Association relating to preparation and submission of amicus briefs, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Aron Fischer, Co-Chair
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
afischer@pbwt.com
David GoldbergCo-Chair
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
dgoldberg@arelaw.com  

Board Liaison: Robert Isackson
Members: Thomas Bean, Derrick Carman, Nicole Conlon, Christopher Glancy, Gina Kim, Richard Koehl, Leslie Kushner, Christopher Loh, Allyson Mackavage, Thomas McShane, Charles Miller, Frederick Millett, Steven Purdy, Irena Royzman, Peter Sullivan, Ksenia Takhistova, William Thomashower, Kathleen Waybourn

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The NYIPLA Amicus Briefs are accessible at http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/AmicusBriefsNews.asp
Scope of the Committee
To consider all aspects of United States, foreign and multi-national copyright law and practice, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Tatsuya Adachi, Co-Chair
Leichtman Law PLLC
tadachi@leichtmanlaw.com
Lauren EmersonCo-Chair
Leason Ellis LLP
emerson@leasonellis.com  

Board Liaison: Kathleen McCarthy
Members: Soban Ahmed, Eroide Alphonse, Stephen Ankrom, Reece Brassler, Veronique Charles, Mitisha Chheda, Wayne Cox, Robert Fischer, Chantelle Gyamfi, Thomas McShane, Olivera Mendenica, Elliot Shine, Mitchell Stein

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Scope of the Committee
To consider intellectual property issues having an impact on in-house intellectual property counsel, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Steven Purdy, Co-Chair
IBM Corporate Litigation
Laura SheridanCo-Chair
Google, Inc.

Board Liaison: Marian Underweiser
Members: Michele Antis, Jeffrey Butler, Tulloss Delk, Paul Diamond, Kevin Ecker, Joy Goudie, Joshua Harris, David Kaplan, George MacDonald, Brian McCloskey, Gerard McGowan, Colman Ragan, Louis Sorell, James Sterner, Cheryl Wang

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Patrice Jean, Co-Chair
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
patrice.jean@hugheshubbard.com
Thomas MeloroCo-Chair
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
tmeloro@willkie.com  


The NYIPLA Hon. Giles S. Rich Diversity Scholarship Recipients and submission forms can be found at http://nyiplef.org/
Scope of the Committee
To publicize and conduct a law school writing competition on an intellectual property law topic, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Richard Brown, Co-Chair
Day Pitney LLP
rbrown@daypitney.com
Keith McWhaCo-Chair
Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
kmcwha@lernerdavid.com  

Board Liaison: William McCabe

The submission forms and Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition Winners can be found at http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/ConnerWritingAwards.asp
Scope of the Committee
To solicit, gather, and review nominations for the Inventor of the Year award, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Brian Prew, Co-Chair
Greenberg Traurig LLP
prewb@gtlaw.com
Ksenia TakhistovaCo-Chair
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
ktakhistova@HuntonAK.com  

Board Liaison: Mark Bloomberg

Members: Catherine Chin Eng, Justine Gozzi, Mitchell Hadley, Alessandro Peschechera, Eric Yecies

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Nomination forms and NYIPLA Inventor of the Year Recipients can be found at http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/InventoroftheYearAward.asp
Scope of the Committee
To consider aspects of law firm management, particularly as they pertain to law firms and practice groups practicing intellectual property, and to publish and present as appropriate on such topics with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Edward Tulin, Co-Chair
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
edward.tulin@skadden.com
 


Board Liaison: David Leichtman
Members: Nehal Madhani, Robert Roby

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Scope of the Committee
To evaluate proposed federal and state legislation and rules, including PTO and Court rules, that may impact patent and other intellectual property issues; to develop positions and recommendations on the proposed legislation and rules for consideration by the NYIPLA Board of Directors; and to communicate the NYIPLA's positions and recommendations to the legislative and rule-making bodies, as approved by the Board.

Dorothy Auth, Co-Chair
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP
dorothy.auth@cwt.com
Jeffrey ButlerCo-Chair
Lonza Inc. / LPB Biotech Segment Head
jeffrey.butler@lonza.com  

Board Liaison: Annemarie Hassett
Members: Daniel Brownstone, Catharina Chin Eng, Mitchell Epner, Robert Isackson, Michael Johnson, Daniel McGlynn, Charles Miller, Colman Ragan, Robert Rando, Irena Royzman, Heather Schneider, Louis Sorell, Peter Thurlow

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The NYIPLA Legislative Actions are accessible at http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/Legislative_Action.asp.
Scope of the Committee
To coordinate and oversee the public dissemination of significant news regarding key, IP-related legislative and court developments, as well as NYIPLA programs, events, activities and significant achievements, and to make reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to the foregoing.

Brian Doyle, Co-Chair
Notaro Michalos & Zaccaria PC
brian.doyle@notaromichalos.com
Dan FischerCo-Chair
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
dan.fischer@knobbe.com  

Board Liaison: Alicia Russo
Members: Mitisha Chheda, Suzanna Morales

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Walter Hanley, Chair
Andrews Kurth Kenyon
walterhanley@andrewskurthkenyon.com

Scope of the Committee
To consider all aspects of patent laws and practice which affect the rights of United States entities in technology and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Jonathan Berschadsky, Co-Chair
Merchant & Gould PC
jberschadsky@merchantgould.com
Carl WischhusenCo-Chair
Cozen O'Connor LLP
cwischhusen@cozen.com 

Board Liaison: Douglas Nemec
Members: Thomas Bean, Andrew Berks, Nicholas Bertram, Daniel Brownstone, Michael Carmen, Andrew Chien, Justine DelVecchio, Isaac Gelbfish, Joy Goudie, Khue Hoang, David Kaplan, Fritz Klantschi, Jason LaBerteaux, Thomas Landman, Tanya Leavy, Jenny Lee, Oliver Li, Steven Luksenberg, Karen Mangasarian, Brian McCloskey, Gerard McGowan, Jason Poulos, Jeffrey Price, Larry Rosenthal, Ryan Schneer, Elliot Shine, Antoaneta Tarpanova

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Scope of the Committee
To consider legislation and rules affecting practice and procedural matters in intellectual property litigation outside the Patent and Trademark Office, and other matters relating to practice in such litigation, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Gene Lee, Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP
glee@perkinscoie.com
Marc PensabeneCo-Chair
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
mpensabene@omm.com 

Board Liaison: Robert Rando
Members: Ken Adamo, Mark Baker, James Barabas, Steve Baughman, Kenneth Canfield, Derrick Carman, Jennifer Cieluch, Nicole Conlon, Chi Eng, Mitchell Epner, Lauren Fornarotto, Isaac Gelbfish, Peter Gergely, Ryan Hersh, Michael Johnson, Leslie Kushner, Thomas Landman, Bernadette Lopez, Steven Luksenberg, Douglas Nemec, Richard Parke, Larry Rosenthal, Eric Saparli, John Stellabotte, James Sterner, Thomas Vetter, Ron Vogel, Stuart Yothers

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Scope of the Committee
To consider all aspects of internet and privacy law in the United States, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Duane Cranston, Co-Chair
Cohen & Gresser LLP
dcranston@cohengresser.com
Anna SchoenfelderCo-Chair
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
aschoenfelder@kramerlevin.com 

Board Liaison: William McCabe
Members: James Bikoff, Robert Fischer, Chantelle Gyamfi, Jason LaBerteaux, Richard Parke, Neeti Sachdev

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Scope of the Committee
To formulate and present a series of monthly continuing legal educational programs of interest to the broad spectrum of the Association's membership, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Jonathan Auerbach, Co-Chair
Radulescu LLP
jonathan@radip.com
Jenny LeeCo-Chair
Fay Kuplun & Marchin LLP
jlee@fkmiplaw.com 

Board Liaison: Colman Ragan
Members: Andrew Berks, Mark Bloomberg, Patrice Jean, Lynn Russo, Diana Santos, William Thomashower, Thomas Vetter

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Scope of the Committee
To provide thought leadership in legislation, rules and litigation relating to post-issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ("PTAB"), and to make recommendations to the Board. Also to provide lectures and information on latest trends and practice pointers for practice before the PTAB and appeals from PTAB decisions.

Frank DeLucia Jr., Co-Chair
Merchant & Gould PC
fdelucia@merchantgould.com
Charles MacedoCo-Chair
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
cmacedo@arelaw.com 

Board Liaison: Peter Thurlow
Members: Ken Adamo, Mark Baker, Jacob Baldinger, Steve Baughman, Jonathan Berschadsky, Derrick Carman, Chi Eng, Peter Gergely, Jung Hahm, Cynthia Hardman, Joshua Harris, Ryan Hersh, Khue Hoag, Robert Isackson, Fritz Klantschi, Richard Koehl, Jason LaBerteaux, Andrew Larsen, Yan-Xin Li, Christopher Lisiewski, Gene Lee, Lisamarie LoGiudice, Bernadette Lopez, Charles Miller, Frederick Millett, Brian Murphy, Marc Pensabene, Jeffrey Price, Robert Rando, Robert Roby, Eric Saparli, John Stellabotte, Jonathan Stroud, Peter Sullivan, Ksenia Takhistova, William Thomashower, Peter Thurlow, Clifford Ulrich, Thomas Vetter, Kathleen Waybourn, Joel Weiss

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Scope of the Committee
To prepare, edit, publish and disseminate such publications as may be requested by the Board of Directors, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors

TaeRa Franklin, Co-Chair
Holland & Hart LLP
tkfranklin@hollandhart.com
Liz MurphyCo-Chair
Haug Partners LLP
emurphy@haugpartners.com 
Jessica Sblendorio, Co-Chair
Haug Partners LLP
jsblendorio@haugpartners.com

Board Liaison: Mark Bloomberg
Members: Dale Carlson, Jayson Cohen, Wayne Cox, William Dippert, Robert Greenfeld, Mitchell Hadley, Keith McWha, Ben Natter, Lauren Nowierski, Margaret Welsh

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The Report, a quarterly NYIPLA publication, is accessible at https://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/TheReport.asp
Wansheng Jerry Liu, Delegate
Fox Rothschild LLP
WLiu@foxrothschild.com
Brian RotheryDelegate
Fox Rothschild LLP
brothery@foxrothschild.com 
Scope of the Committee
To provide input and support to the Board of Directors in developing and implementing a Strategic Plan designed to enhance the long term direction and impact of the NYIPLA.

Robert Isackson, Co-Chair
Leason Ellis LLP
isackson@leasonellis.com
Kathleen McCartyCo-Chair
King & Spalding LLP
kmccarthy@kslaw.com 
Colman Ragan, Co-Chair
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd
colman.ragan@actavis.com

Board Liaison: Peter Thurlow
Scope of the Committee
To consider all aspects of trademark law and practice, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Michael Cannata, Co-Chair
Rivkin Radler LLP
michael.cannata@rivkin.com
Scott GreenbergCo-Chair
Locke Lord LLP
sgreenberg@lockelord.com 

Board Liaison: Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme
Members: Soban Ahmed, Shiran Bayin, James Bikoff, Heather Bowen, Andrew Brassler, Reece Brassler, Pina Campagna, Veronique Charles, Mitisha Chheda, Natasa Colovic, Wayne Cox, Ursula Day, David Einhorn, Christopher Glancy, David Goldberg, Lindsay Korotkin, Michael Kraich, Olivera Mendenica, Terra Melson, Dorna Mohaghegh, Suzanna Morales, Gabrielle Nagler, Sanskriti Singh, Mitchell Stein, Antoaneta Tarpanova, William Thomashower

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Scope of the Committee
To consider all aspects of trade secret law in the United States and other jurisdictions having an impact on the United States, and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Laura Chubb, Co-Chair
Haug Partners LLP
lchubb@haugpartners.com
Mark SchildkrautCo-Chair
Becton Dickinson and Company
mark.schildkraut@bd.com 

Board Liaison: John Moehringer
Members: Rachel Blitzer, Veronique Charles, Ralph Dengler, Kevin Ecker, Dwight Kennedy, Thomas Landman, William McCabe, Daniel McGlynn, Douglas Nemec, Jessica Sblendorio, Eric Yecies, Stuart Yothers

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Samson Helfgott, Delegate
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
samson.helfgott@kattenlaw.com
Thomas SpathDelegate
Abelman Frayne & Schwab
tespath@lawabel.com 
Raymond Farrell, Delegate
Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt LLP
rfarrell@cdfslaw.com
John PegramCo-Chair
Fish & Richardson PC
pegram@fr.com 
Scope of the Committee
To facilitate and empower women in their practice of intellectual property law with respect thereto the Board of Directors.

Jessica Copeland, Co-Chair
Hodgson Russ LLP
jcopeland@hodgsonruss.com
Abigail LangsamCo-Chair
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
abigail.langsam@arnoldporter.com 

Board Liaison: Irena Royzman
Members: Michele Antis, Laura Chubb, Jennifer Cieluch, Nicole Colovic, Nicole Conlon, Ursula Day, Stephanie DelPonte, Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme. Lauren Fornarotto, Justine Gozzi, Stephanie Grenald, Patrice Jean, Leslie Kushner, Tanya Leavy, Allyson Mackavage, Karen Mangasarian, Tara Melillo, Maggie Mortimer, Gabrielle Nagler, Lauren Nowierski, Amanda Rabbat, Brenda Rivera, Diana Santos, Karen Sebaski, Sanskriti Singh, Cheryl Wang

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Scope of the Committee
To address the concerns and needs of minorities, women and newly-admitted lawyers, and to report with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Scott Forman, Co-Chair
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
sforman@wolfgreenfield.com
Eric GreenwaldCo-Chair
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks LLP
eric.greenwald@wolfgreenfield.com 
Lindsay Korotkin, Co-Chair
Arent Fox LLP
lindsay.korotkin@arentfox.com

Board Liaison: Heather Schneider
Members: Mark Bhuptani, Heather Bowen, Justine DelVecchio, Gina Kim, Yan-Xin Li, Nehal Madhani, Tara Melillo, Dorna Mohaghegh, Maggie Mortimer, Gabrielle Nagler, Gerald Porter, Brenda Rivera, Neeti Sachdev, Ryan Schneer, Michael Sebba

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