Officers, Committees & Representatives

2014 - 2015




Officers



President

Vice President

Secretary-Treasurer

Lester N. Fortney
The Webb Law Firm
One Gateway Center
420 Ft. Duq. Blvd., Suite 1200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412-471-8815)

 

Matthew W. Johnson
Jones Day
One Mellon Ctr.
500 Grant St, 31st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412-394-9524)

Jacob H. Rooksby
Duquesne Univ. School of Law
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412-396-6185)




Board of Managers

Executive Secretary


Cecilia R. Dickson
Charles H. Dougherty, Jr.
Lester N. Fortney
Matthew W. Johnson
John W. McIlvaine

Mauri A. Sankus

Pauline J. Moyles
The Webb Law Firm
One Gateway Center
420 Ft. Duq. Blvd., Suite 1200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412-227-3052)





 

Program Committee

Organizes and delivers six programs which support the objectives of the association. Enhances attendance through exciting and informative programs.


Henry Sneath
, Chair (412-288-4013)
Rebecca M. Bachner
Peter J. Borghetti
James G. Porcelli
Jacob H. Rooksby
John K. Williamson
Joseph T. Yaksich


Ethics, Grievances, Membership/By-Laws Committee

Addresses, as appropriate, ethical concerns or other complaints that may affect the Association. Monitors criteria and classification for Association membership. Addresses membership criteria and determine whether Association membership should be limited, in addition to residence and licensing requirements, to individuals actually engaged in soliciting of patents and trademarks as a profession. Contacts students interested in intellectual property and encourages PIPLA student membership. Contacts local non-Association members practicing in intellectual property area, and encourages PIPLA membership.

Evaluates and proposes Association comment, as appropriate, for proposed intellectual property laws and regulations. Prepares an Association position on twenty-year term, early publication, and first-to-file as harmonization legislation emerges.


Kirk M. Miles
, Co-Chair (412-471-8815)
William E. Kuss, Co-Chair (412-355-6323)
Gregory L. Bradley
Cecilia R. Dickinson
Glenn E. Klepac
Thomas C. Wolski


Social/Athletic Activities Committee

Promotes the social aspects of the Association by offering special social and athletic programs, such as golf outings. Conducts at least two social outings a year.


Michael D. Gagliano, Chair (412-471-8815)
Aaron A. Mace
Patricia A. Olosky
Christopher P. Sherwin


Public Relations/School Creativity Committee

Public Relations Committee promotes favorable awareness of and interest in intellectual property and PIPLA. Obtains media cooperation in publicizing intellectual property related events and news. Promotes and handles media and community requests for intellectual property related information. Publicizes meetings and events to the membership. Serves as custodian of Association's records and awards, particularly the Inventor of the Year Plaques. Attempts to find a suitable home for the Inventor of the Year Plaques. Displays information at appropriate meetings. Begins to write a history of PIPLA and assists other Committees in their publicity efforts.

School Creativity Committee actively supports efforts to teach creativity and recognize technical and inventive activities in area schools, e.g. judging Science Fairs and other technical contests and exhibits.


Adam J. Komorowski, Chair (412-471-8815)
Ralph G. Fischer
Neil J. Friedrich LinkedIn
Anthony Pisano
John Zerr


Web Page Committee

Ryan J. Miller, Chair (412-471-8815)
Christian D. Ehret
Aaron A. Mace



Newsletter Committee

Publishes periodic news and information that supports the objectives of the Association and informs the membership of relevant professional, Association, or member activities. Publishes at least three newsletters in the year.


Ying Cao, Chair (412-394-9575)
Josh Nightingale



Inventor Award Committee

Provides recognition to a regional inventor. Solicits nominations, selects award winner, and organizes recognition at an Association dinner.


Christine R. Ethridge, Chair (412-355-8619)
Michael Alexander
Ralph G. Fischer
Joseph L. Kent
Glenn E. Klepac



Student Leadership Award Committee

Provides Recognition to law students at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University based upon the Applicant's demonstration of leadership as reflected by a) grades in IP Courses taken; b) participation in moot Court Competitions; c) participation in student/ professional organization related to IP; articles written on IP issues sunmittef for publication; and, d) clinical work participation involving IP issues. Awards are presented to winning Applicants at the Spring dinner meeting of PIPLA.


Lynn J. Alstadt, Chair (412-562-1632)
Tracey D. Beiriger
Lee Kim
Duane A. Stewart III


IP Advisory Committee

Cecelia R. Dickson, Chair (412-471-8815)


Representatives





EPO Liaison
William H. Logsdon
(412-471-8815)

SIPO Liason
Randall A. Notzen
(412-471-8815)

JPO Liason
Kent E. Baldauf, Sr.
(412-471-8815)