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AIPLA Installs 2015-2016 Board of Directors



October 27, 2015, Arlington, VA -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) installed the 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the 2015 Annual Meeting held October 22-24, in Washington, DC. AIPLA's new President is Denise W. DeFranco, a partner with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Boston, MA. Ms. DeFranco will serve as the chair of the Executive Committee consisting of the other officers of the Association.
AIPLA is governed by a 19 person Board of Directors comprised of Officers and Board Members. Each year, 4 new Board Members are elected to serve a 3 year term.
Officers 2015-2016

•    President: Denise W. DeFranco, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Boston, MA
•    President-Elect: Mark L. Whitaker,  Baker Botts, L.L.P., Washington, DC
•    First Vice President: Myra H. McCormack, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
•    Second Vice President: Sheldon H. Klein, Gray Plant Mooty, Washington, DC
•    Immediate Past President: Sharon A. Israel, Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, TX 
•    Secretary: David P. Ruschke, Medtronic CSH, Santa Rosa, CA
•    Treasurer: John H. Hornickel, PolyOne Corporation, Avon Lake, OH

Newly Elected Members of the Board of Directors

•    Gregory D. Allen, 3M Innovative Properties Company, St. Paul, MN
•    Monica M. Barone, Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, CA
•    James D. Hallenbeck, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., Minneapolis, MN
•    Thomas T. Moga, LeClairRyan, Dearborn, MI

Continuing Members of the Board of Directors

•    Salvatore Anastasi, Barley Snyder, Malvern, PA
•    Karen S. Canady, canady + lortz LLP, Los Angeles, CA
•    Kenneth K. Cho, Kim & Chang, Seoul, Korea
•    Patrick J. Coyne, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC
•    Jody H. Drake, Sughrue Mion, PLLC, Washington, DC
•    Nicholas P. Godici, Godici Patent Consulting, Carlsbad, CA
•    Nancy J. Mertzel, Herrick, Feinstien LLP, New York, NY
•    Manny W. Schecter, IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY

Bernard J. Knight, Jr., of McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP, Washington, DC, will continue to serve as AIPLA's 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.  

Erin (Sheehan) Wainwright

Communications Specialist