Committee

Focus

Chair

Vice Chair

Liaison

Advertising and Internet

Plans presentations on legal issues relating to advertising and hot topics in the internet arena.

Rachel Miller
Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC 
[email protected]

Elizabeth Sawyer
DePaul Univeristy College of Law
[email protected]

Anisha A. Mehta
K&L Gates LLP
[email protected]

Agents

Plans presentations and meetings on topics of interest to patent agents.

Jagriti Ritu Chander
Helix Patent Services LLC

[email protected]

Natasha Sansone
Absolute Technology Law
[email protected]

Tiffany D. Gehrke
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
[email protected]

AIA Trials Committee

Issues related to PTAB AIA trials.

Andrea Shoffstall
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

George "Trey" Lyons, III
MBHB
[email protected]

 

Peter J. Prommer
Nixon Peabody LLP
[email protected]

Appointment

Assists IPLAC in promoting IP attorneys for judicial and other governmental openings.

Dr. E. Kate Berezutskaya
Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.
[email protected]

 

Clinton Hallman
[email protected]

Biotechnology

Plans meetings on biotechnology topics of interest.

Laura Labeots
Lathrop Gage LLC
[email protected]

Bryan Helwig
MBHB
[email protected]


Wasim K. Bleibel
Locke Lord LLP
[email protected]

CLE

Assists IPLAC in tracking CLE credit awarded for IPLAC programs.

Matthew Marrone
McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
[email protected]

 

Jaimin Shah
Dentons US LLP
[email protected]

Anisha A. Mehta
K&L Gates LLP
[email protected]

Copyright

Plans meetings on copyright topics of interest.

Adam Wolek
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
[email protected]

Ryan Martin
Loeb & Loeb
[email protected]

RiKaleigh Johnson
Greer Burns & Crain
[email protected]

Corporate

Plans meetings and presentations on topics of interest to IP attorneys working in corporate law departments. Members of this committee are limited to corporate practitioners.

William (Bill) Beckman
Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company
[email protected]

Kara DeAngelis
McDonald’s Corporation
[email protected]

 

George Jonas
BP America, Inc.

[email protected]

Creator of the Year

Solicits nominations for an award presented to a person or organization for a significant or unique creating in any aspect of IP.

Rathna Koka
JP Morgan Chase & Co
[email protected]

Vangelis Economou
Director, Patent Clinic
Economou IP Law
[email protected]

Daryl Lim
UIC - John Marshall Law School
[email protected] 

Dinner (Judges and Annual)

Plans the IPLAC Annual Dinner in May and the Annual Dinner Honoring the Federal Judiciary.

Alisa Simmons
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP
[email protected]
 

Madalyn Phillips
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association 
[email protected]

 

Jared E. Hedman
J.E.Hedman Law, LLC
[email protected]

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Promotes diversity and inclusion within IPLAC itself and the Chicago IP Community at-large through programming,  outreach, opportunities for mentorship and sponsorship, assessing opportunities for improving diversity, and formulating diversity and inclusion strategies.

Atanu Das
Guntin & Gust
[email protected]

Cynthia Assam
Redwood Logistics
[email protected]

Erin W. Lothson
Uber Technologies, Inc.
[email protected]

Ethics and Grievances

Conducts IPLAC ethics and grievance hearings.

Per the by-laws, this committee consists of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

N/A

Field Day

Plans the golf tournament and other events for IPLAC’s Annual Field Day.

Brian A. Verbus
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
[email protected]

Evan Kline-Wedeen
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
[email protected]  

 

Jared E. Hedman
J.E.Hedman Law, LLC
[email protected]

Foundation Liaison

Liaises between IPLAC Educational Foundation and IPLAC leadership and Board.

Tanya Miari
McDonald's Corporation
[email protected]

 

N/A

Historian Records

Assists IPLAC in managing the historical records of the organization.

Alex Karana
[email protected]

 

Vivian Sandoval
Nixon Peabody LLP
[email protected]

Adam G. Kelly
Loeb & Loeb LLP
[email protected]

International Relations 
Committee

Focuses on IPLAC’s international presence. Seeks, addresses, and facilitates opportunities for members to liaise concerning IP with representatives of bar associations and governmental offices outside the U.S.

Arthur Yuan

Loeb & Loeb LLP
[email protected]

Patrick G. Burns
Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd.
[email protected]

Tron Fu
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
[email protected]

 

Daryl Lim
UIC - John Marshall Law School
[email protected] 

Law School Outreach

Plans programming for the local law school students. Promotes camaraderie with the law schools.

Professor Cynthia Ho
Loyola University School of Law
[email protected]

Professor David L. Schwartz
Northwestern University School of Law
[email protected]

Wasim K. Bleibel
Locke Lord LLP
[email protected]

Liaison to Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

 

Coordinates with Midwest Regional planning committee to host moot court competition and recruit volunteer bailiffs.

Tanya Miari
McDonald's Corporation
[email protected]

 

N/A

Litigation

Plans seminars on issues relating to IP litigation.

Leif Sigmond
Baker Hostetler
[email protected]

R. David Donoghue
Holland & Knight LLP
[email protected]

 

Wasim K. Bleibel
Locke Lord LLP
[email protected]

Litigation: Amicus Committee

Tracks and identifies amicus opportunities and proposes and prepares amicus briefs to be submitted by IPLAC.

Bob Resis
Banner & Witcoff
[email protected]

Margaret M. Duncan
Adjunct Professor, Patent Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
[email protected]

Marc V. Richards
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

Litigation: Claim Construction Committee

Prepares annual book and update on recent cases involving claim construction issues.

Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D.
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert &
Berghoff LLP
[email protected]

Adam G. Kelly
Loeb & Loeb LLP
[email protected]

  Tiffany D. Gehrke
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
[email protected]

Membership

Develops plans for recruiting and retaining IPLAC members, evaluates applications for membership in IPLAC, and plans a reception for new members and committee chairs.

Luke Curran 
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

[email protected]

Kenneth Matuszewski
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
[email protected] 

Claire Saskowski
Hanley Flight & Zimmerman
[email protected]m

Peter J. Prommer
Nixon Peabody LLP
[email protected]

Mentoring

Manages IPLAC’s mentoring program.

Kenneth Matuszewski
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
[email protected]

Eric Moss
UIC John Marshall Law
[email protected]

Rachel Miller
Latimer LeVay Fyock LLC 
[email protected]

Clinton Hallman
[email protected]

Paralegal

Plans presentations and meetings on topics of interest to paralegals. Plans networking and social events for members.

Cindi Schermerhorn
Astellas US LLC

[email protected]

Abby Pierce
Neal & McDevitt

[email protected]

Regina Blaskie
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery
[email protected]

Tiffany D. Gehrke
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
[email protected]

Patents - International

Plans presentations on the patent laws of various countries and/or international treaties.

John S. Paniaguas
Clark Hill PLC

[email protected]

Joshua D. Sarnoff
DePaul University
[email protected]

Erin J. Fox
Illinois Tool Works Inc. 
[email protected]

Patents - U.S.

Sponsors presentations on changes in U.S. patent law and procedures and regulations at USPTO. Also recommends to IPLAC leadership and board on whether IPLAC should take action on proposed legislation and regulation.

Yoni Torchman
Torchman IP
[email protected]

Joshua Smith
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

Joe Janas
Wells Fargo
[email protected]

Public Relations-Newsletter

Prepares the IPLAC newsletter for distribution to all members. Assists the organization in promoting IPLAC programs, events & activities.

Patrick Grimaldi
Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC
[email protected]

Adam Sussman
Brinks Gilson & Lione [email protected]

 

Marc V. Richards
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

Public Relations-Social Networking

Assists IPLAC in using social media as a tool to communicate with our members and other IP practitioners.

Erin W. Lothson
Uber Technologies, Inc.
[email protected]

 

 

Erin W. Lothson
Uber Technologies, Inc.
[email protected]

Symposium

Plans and sponsors annual patent seminar on developments in patent law.

James Muraff
McDonald Hopkins
[email protected]

Matthew Marrone
McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
[email protected]

Viren Soni
CME Group
[email protected]

Libby O'Neill
Loeb & Loeb
[email protected]

Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition

Sponsors an annual in-depth seminar on new developments in trade secret and unfair competition.

Debbie Berman
Jenner & Block LLP
[email protected]

Brad Lane
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

George Jonas
BP America, Inc.
[email protected]

Trademarks & Anti-Counterfeiting

Plans and hosts presentations on changes in U.S. trademark law and procedures and regulations at USPTO. Also recommends to IPLAC leadership and board on whether IPLAC should take action on proposed legislation and regulation.

Liz Brodzinski
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. 
 [email protected]

Karen S. Hwang
KSH Law Group, LLC

[email protected]

Mat Kresz
CTLGroup
[email protected]

Libby O'Neill
Loeb & Loeb
[email protected]

Website

 

Assists the organization in maintaining the IPLAC website (www.IPLAC.org), emailing communications to membership, and planning website improvements.

Brian Barnes
CIBC Bank USA
[email protected]

Mary F. Fetsco
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
[email protected]

Erin W. Lothson
Uber Technologies, Inc.
[email protected]

Women in IP

Plans and hosts programs and meetings of interest to women IP practitioners. Hosts annual judicial panel and progressive networking dinner.

Laura M. Schaefer
Leydig Voit & Mayer
[email protected]

Jacquelyn Prom
Pattishall McAuliffee
[email protected]

Mary LaFleur
Brinks Gilson & Lione
[email protected]

RiKaleigh Johnson
Greer Burns & Crain
[email protected]

Young Members

Plans networking and social events targeted to younger (and young at heart) members.

Andrew Wood
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
[email protected]

Justin DeAngelis
Quarles & Brady LLP

[email protected]

 

George Jonas
BP America, Inc.

[email protected]