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.

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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 and Irena Royzman
Members: Thomas Bean, Scott Forman, Melvin Garner, Noah Leibowitz, Jeffrey Lewis, Charles Macedo, Sara Margolis, Charles Miller, Frederick Millet, Marc Pensabene, Steven Purdy, Robert Rando, Alicia Russo, Christina Sauerborn, Ksenia Takhistova, William Thomashower, Kathleen Waybourn, Calvin Wingfield

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The NYIPLA Amicus Briefs are accessible at http://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/AmicusBriefsNews.asp
Wansheng Jerry Liu, Delegate
Fox Rothschild LLP
WLiu@foxrothschild.com
Brian RotheryDelegate
Fox Rothschild LLP
brothery@foxrothschild.com 
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: Matthew Abbott, Stephen Ankrom, Reece Brassler, Daniel Brooks, Eve Chowdhury, Robert Fischer, David Jones, Mitchell Stein, Stephanie Toyos, Joshua Weigensberg

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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: Michelle Antis, Michelle Burke, Jeffrey Butler, Tulloss Delk, Paul Diamond, Kevin Ecker, Stephanie Grenald, Joshua Harris, Karen Horowitz, Brian McCloskey, Gerard McGowan, Rakesh Roy, John Ryan, Louis Sorell, Cheryl Wang, Paula Wittmayer

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Scope of the Committee
To consider established and developing intellectual property issues specific to the fashion industry and to make recommendations with respect thereto to the Board of Directors.

Karla Ng-Aspiras, Co-Chair
Tapestry, Inc.
kaspiras@tapestry.com
Laure SawayaCo-Chair
Pryor Cashman LLP
lsawaya@pryorcashman.com

Board Liaison: Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme
Members: Eve Chowdhury, Christine Feller, Laura Tsang, Cheryl Wang, Hunter 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: Gene Lee

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
ktakhist@gmail.com  

Board Liaison: Patrice Jean

Members:

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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 issues and agreements that IP practitioners frequently encounter in connection with intellectual property and technology licensing, development, ownership, and sale including in M&A transactions, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding emerging issues and educational topics related thereto.

Kevin Moss, Chair
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
kmoss@kramerlevin.com

Board Liaison: Kathleen McCarthy
Members: Omobolaji Bedu, Rita Berardino, Paul Diamond, Kevin Ecker, Robert Fischer, Justine Gozzi, Dov Hirsch, Patrick McClay, William Ogden, Michael Ritter, Diana Santos, Spence Simon

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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.


Board Liaison: David Leichtman
Members:

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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.

Anthony Lo Cicero, Co-Chair
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
alocicero@arelaw.com
Jeffrey ButlerCo-Chair
Lonza Inc. / LPB Biotech Segment Head
jeffrey.butler@lonza.com  

Board Liaison: Robert Isackson and Colman Ragan
Members: Erin Austin, Andrew Berks, Daniel Brownstone, Jennifer Deneault, Mitchell Epner, James Major, Daniel McGlynn, Robert Rando, Alicia Russo, Lynn Russo, Louis Sorell, Ksenia Takhistova, Clifford Ulrich, Carolyn Wall

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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, Chair
Notaro Michalos & Zaccaria PC
brian.doyle@notaromichalos.com

Board Liaison: Alicia Russo
Members:

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Annemarie Hassett, Chair
IPIntel Consulting
annemariehassett@gmail.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: George Badenoch, Thomas Bean, Andrew Berks, Daniel Brownstone, Sunha Cha, Jeffrey Colin, Karen Horowitz, Fritz Klantschi, Alan Kooler, John Laurence, James Major, Karen Mangasarian, Gerard McGowan, Clint Mehall, Charles Miller, Lewis Popovski, Gregory Rabin, Michael Ritter, Ryan Schneer, Karan Singh, Stephanie Toyos, Clifford Ulrich

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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.

Mitchell Epner, Co-Chair
Dechert LLP
mitchell.epner@dechert.com
Steven RizziCo-Chair
King & Spalding LLP
srizzi@kslaw.com 

Board Liaison: Marc Pensabene
Members: Kenneth Adamo, Joe Akalski, Erin Austin, George Badenoch, James Barabas, Mark Bhuptani, Anna Brook, Kenneth Canfield, Sunha Cha, Nicholas Choi, Jeffrey Colin, Neda Dadpey, Jennifer Deneault, Bindu Donovan, Scott Forman, Jacqueline Genovese-Bova, Dov Hirsch, Irene Hudson, Richard Koehl, John Laurence, Sara Margolis, Sheila Mortazavi, Whitney Meier, Lewis Popovski, Robert Rando, Ashley Ross, John Stellabotte, Ron Vogel, Liza Walsh, Jason Williams, Sebastian Zonte

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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.

David Leichtman, Chair
Lecihtman Law PLLC
dleichtman@leichtmanlaw.com

Board Liaison: Gene Lee
Members: Matthew Abbott, Joe Akalski, Daniel McGlynn, William Ogden

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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 Kaplun & Marcin LLP
jlee@fkmiplaw.com 

Board Liaison: Heather Schenider
Members: Elana Araj, Ronald Coleman, Patrice Jean, Lynn Russo, William Thomashower

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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: Kenneth Adamo, Linnea Cipriano, Joshua Harris, Fritz Klantschi, Alan Koller, Christopher Lisiewski, Brian Murphy, Marc Pensabene, Robert Rando, John Stellabotte, Kathleen Waybourn, Margaret Welsh,

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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

Jessica SblendorioCo-Chair
Haug Partners LLP
jsblendorio@haugpartners.com
Margaret WelshCo-Chair
Baker Botts LLP
margaret.welsh@bakerbotts.com 

Board Liaison: Abigail Langsam
Members: Giselle Ayala, Heather Bowen, William Dippert, Richard Koehl, Clint Mehall, Suzanna Morales, Calvin Wingfield

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The Report, a quarterly NYIPLA publication, is accessible at https://www.nyipla.org/nyipla/TheReport.asp
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
Heather SchneiderCo-Chair
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
hschneider@willkie.com 
Colman Ragan, Co-Chair
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd
colman.ragan@actavis.com

Board Liaison: Kathleen McCarthy
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
Culhane Meadows PLLC
sgreenberg@culhanemeadows.com 

Board Liaison: Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme
Members: Giselle Ayala, Jeremy Boczko, Reece Brassler, Eve Chowdhury, Laura Chubb, Ronald Coleman, Ursula Day, Nicole Della Marggiore, Christine Feller, Nicholas Forgione, David Goldberg, David Jones, Brian McCloskey, Dorna Mohaghegh, Mitchell Stein, William Thomashower, Hunter Wang

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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, Douglas Nemec

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Laura Brutman, Delegate
Schiff Hardin LLP
lbrutman@schiffhardin.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.

Alexandra Awai, Co-Chair
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
aawai@willkie.com
Jessica CopelandCo-Chair
Hodgson Russ LLP
jcopelan@hodgsonruss.com 

Board Liaison: Abigail Langsam
Members: Michelle Antis, Elana Araj, Rita Berardino, Michelle Burke, Veronique Charles, Laura Chubb, Linnea Cipriano, Neda Dapey, Stephanie DelPonte,Jacqueline Genovese-Bova, Stephanie Grenald, Justine Gozzi, Irene Hudson, Karen Mangasarian, Whitney Meier, Suzanna Morales, Sheila Mortazavi, Amanda Rabbat, Ashley Ross, Diana Santos, Christina Sauerborn, Liza Walsh

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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.

Eric GreenwaldCo-Chair
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks LLP
eric.greenwald@wolfgreenfield.com 
Margaret Mortimer, Co-Chair
Dechert LLP
Margaret.mortimer@dechert.com

Board Liaison: Marc Pensabene
Members: Omobalaji Bedu, Mark Bhuptani, Alexandra Burushkina, Veronique Charles, Nicholas Choi, Nicole Della Maggiore, Justine DelVecchio, Nicholas Forgione, Patrick McClay, Christopher Lisiewski, Dorna Mohaghegh, Ryan Schneer, Michael Sebba, Karan Singh, Sebastian Zonte

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