Acting Commerce Secretary Robert L. Mallett Names Members to New USPTO Advisory Panels

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Brigid Quinn

Acting Secretary of Commerce Robert L. Mallett today announced 18 inaugural appointments to two new public advisory committees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Director of the USPTO on the agency's operations, including its goals, performance, budget, and user fees,

Each committee has nine voting members who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of Commerce. The statute also provides non-voting membership on the committees for the agency's three recognized unions. Today's appointments include independent inventors, lawyers, corporate executives, small entrepreneurs, and academicians with significant experience in management, finance, science, technology, labor relations, and intellectual property issues.

?The members of the Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees reflect the broad array of USPTO's stakeholders. This diversity of interests will be an effective tool in helping USPTO nurture and protect the intellectual property that is the underpinning of America's strong economy," said Acting Secretary Mallett.

The Patent Public Advisory Committee will be chaired by Margaret (Meg) Boulware, a partner with the Houston firm of Jenkens and Gilchrist, and immediate past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

The Trademark Public Advisory Committee will be headed by Miles J. Alexander, a Senior Partner in the Intellectual Property Group and Chairman of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta, GA.

Q. Todd Dickinson, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said "I am very impressed with the breadth and depth of experience of Committee members, as well as their diversity. They will be a great help as we take on new responsibilities as a performance-based organization. I am particularly pleased that independent inventors, an important USPTO constituency, are well represented."



Margaret Boulware is an intellectual property attorney and partner with the firm of Jenkens & Gilchrist in Houston, TX. Her experience encompasses both patent prosecution and litigation as well as international trademark and domestic copyright practice. She is the immediate past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


James L. Fergason of Redwood City, CA, is an independent inventor and developer of the field effect liquid crystal display that is used in most digital watches. He is the holder of more than 50 U.S. patents and is an inductee of the Inventor?s Hall of Fame. Mr. Fergason is also a small business owner, as the founder and CEO of International Liquid Crystal Company (ILIXCO).

Andy Gibbs of Yuba City, CA, an independent inventor and entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of, an internet portal for inventors, which helps foster small entity intellectual property development and commercialization. With 5 U.S. patents, he has launched several intellectual property based businesses, ranging from medical technology to electronics and sports accessories.

Patricia W. Ingraham of Binghamton, NY, is the Director of the Alan K. Campbell Institute for Public Affairs at Syracuse University and Distinguished University Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is a widely published author on the subject of Public Management and served as a member of the Vice President's Committee on Customer Service in 1999. At the Maxwell School, she directed the Government Performance Project which graded cities and Federal agencies, including the USPTO, on their performance.

Roger L. May of Dearborn, MI, is the President, CEO and General Counsel of Ford Global Technologies, Inc., which owns and manages Ford Motor Company's major automotive intellectual property assets. With overall responsibility for managing the intellectual property rights for Ford, he also oversees Ford's Technology Venture Fund and its Patent and Technology Licensing Office.

Gerald J. Mossinghoff of Arlington, Va., is Senior Counsel to the firm of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier and Neustadt. A visiting professor of intellectual property at the George Washington University School of Law, Mr. Mossinghoff formerly served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.

Ronald E. Myrick of Weston, Conn., is the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the General Electric Company. He is the President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and chairs the IPO Task Force on Business Method Patents. He is an officer of both the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association and is active in a number of other national and international intellectual property organizations.

Vernon A. Norviel of San Jose, Calif., is the vice president and general counsel of Affymetrix, a bioinformatics company which is the developer of "DNA chip" technology -- semiconductors with thousands of DNA probes for use in pharmaceutical research and diagnostic applications, exemplifying the convergence of computing and biotechnology.

Katherine E. White of Ann Arbor, Mich., is an elected member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents and an assistant professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, teaching patent law and enforcement. In 1999, Professor White was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Award to the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany. She also serves as a reserve major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) and is an instructor at the JAG School in Charlottesville, Va.

Trademark Public Advisory Committee


Miles J. Alexander of Atlanta, GA, is Senior Partner in the Intellectual Property Group and Chairman of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, a law firm which has over 450 attorneys. He is former counsel to the International Trademark Association (INTA).


Helen M. Korniewicz of Corte Madera, Calif., manages the trademark group at the Chevron Corporation Law Department. In addition to foreign and domestic trademark and copyright issues, she is responsible for legal services for the e-commerce and communications activities of several Chevron entities and has extensive experience in commercial and consumer credit services.

Susan C. Lee of Bethesda, Md., is of counsel to the firm of Pena & Associations, P.C. and specializes in trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition and internet law. From 1988-1993, she served as a trademark attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including representing the USPTO before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

David M. Moyer of Terrence Park, Ohio, is the associate general counsel for trademarks and trade relations at the Procter and Gamble Company. He is also a past board member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)

Joseph Nicholson of New York, is a partner at Kenyon and Kenyon whose principal practice is trademark and unfair competition, including large international trademark portfolios. In addition to trademark practice, licensing and litigation, he has significant background in internet commerce and domain name issues.

Louis T. Pirkey of Austin, Texas, is a member of the firm of Fulbright and Jaworski in Austin. He currently serves as the president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and is adjunct professor of trademark law at the University of Texas School of Law.

Griffith B. Price, Jr. of Bethesda, Md., is a partner at the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, L.L.P. He specializes in trademark and unfair competition matters. He is the former chair of the USPTO Public Advisory Committee for Trademarks, and the founding chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Trademark Law Practice Group.

John T. Rose, II of White Plains, NY, is vice president for human resources at ESPN. He previously served as senior vice president for Player Relations and Administration for the NBA, where he was responsible for brand protection and trademarks worldwide, and organized an industry-wide task force on intellectual property protection. Prior to that, as Vice President for Law at NBC, he providing legal services on human resources, labor relations, finance, operations and engineering matters.

David C. Stimson of Rochester, N.Y.,, is the chief trademark counsel for the Eastman Kodak Company. He has worldwide responsibility for Kodak;s trademarks, including clearance, registration, oppositions, litigation and licensing. He is a past president of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and has chaired INTA's legislation, finance, and planning committees.