Officers, Committees & Representatives
2014 - 2015
|Lester N. Fortney|
The Webb Law Firm
One Gateway Center
420 Ft. Duq. Blvd., Suite 1200
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Matthew W. Johnson
Jacob H. Rooksby
Board of Managers
Mauri L. Aven
Pauline J. Moyles
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|
|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|
Web Page Committee
|Ryan J. Miller, Chair (412-471-8815)|
|Christian D. Ehret|
Aaron A. Mace
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)|
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)
|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|
|Duane A. Stewart III|
IP Advisory Committee
|Cecelia R. Dickson, Chair (412-471-8815)|
William H. Logsdon
Randall A. Notzen
Kent E. Baldauf, Sr.