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Arlington, VA -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) installed its 2012-2013 Board of Directors during the 2012 Annual Meeting held in Washington, DC.
AIPLA's new President is Jeffrey I.D. Lewis, a partner with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP, New York, NY. Mr. Lewis will serve as the chair of the Executive Committee consisting of the other officers of the Association, including: President-Elect Wayne P. Sobon, IP Counsel for Rambus, Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA; First Vice President Sharon Israel, a partner with Mayer Brown, LLP in Houston, TX; and Second Vice President Denise W. DeFranco, a partner with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Boston, MA. After serving a one-year term as President, William G. Barber, a founding partner with Pirkey Barber, LLC, Austin, TX becomes Immediate Past President, and will remain a member of AIPLA's Executive Committee.
Also elected during the 2012 AIPLA Annual Meeting were: Secretary Mercedes K. Meyer, a Partner with Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Washington, DC,and Treasurer Georgann S. Grunebach, Vice President, Intellectual Property at the Fox Legal Group, Los Angeles, CA, as well as board members W. Todd Baker,a Partner with Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Nuestadt, LLP, Alexandria, VA; Amie Peele Carter, a Partner with Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, Indianapolis, IN; Bradley A. Forrest, Shareholder with Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, PA, Minneapolis, MN; and Kevin H. Rhodes, President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Innovative Properties Company, St. Paul, MN.
Continuing on the board are:
Barbara Fiacco, a Partner with Foley Hoag, LLP in Boston, MA; Samson Helfgott, Of Counsel with Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, New York, NY; Philip S. Johnson, Chief Patent Counsel, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ; J. Michael Martinez de Andino, a Partner with Hunton & Williams, LLP in Richmond, VA; Carl Oppedahl of the Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, LLC, Dillon, CO; Kevin Tottis of the Law Offices of Kevin Tottis in Chicago, IL, Kimberly N. Van Voorhis, a Partner with Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto, CA; and Chen Wang, Deputy Chief IP Counsel for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, DE. Mark L. Whitaker, a Partner with Baker Botts in Washington, DC continues as General Counsel.
AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. 
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