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Carlos Gutierrez, Louis Foreman, Scott Kieff, Damon Matteo, James Johnson, Elizabeth Pearce, Jeffrey Storie, Susan Kling Flinston, Stephanie Seidman, David Fisher

US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez recently named three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee and three to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, the US Patent and Trademark Office said last week.
Each of the new appointees will serve three-year terms on the committees, which were created by the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on the management of patent and trademark operations.
The new PPAC appointees are:
  • Louis Foreman, founder and chief executive of Enventys
  • Scott Kieff, professor of law at Washington University and research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution
  • Damon Matteo, vice president and chief intellectual property officer of the Palo Alto Research Center
The new TPAC appointees are:
  • James Johnson, a practicing attorney with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
  • Elizabeth Pearce, director of the intellectual property group at American International Group
  • Jeffrey Storie, head of the intellectual property practice with Decker Jones McMackin McClane Hall & Bates

The Institute for Policy Innovation this week said that Susan Kling Flinston has joined IPI as adjunct fellow specializing in intellectual property, trade, and health policy.
Flinston is a co-founder and principal at Finston Consulting. She is also a founding board member of BayhDole25, a non-governmental organization focused on technology transfer issues; and is the founding executive director of the American BioIndustry Alliance.
Flinston has also served as associate vice president for intellectual property, Middle East/Africa and South Asian Affairs, at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; and has held positions in the US Department of State Foreign Service.

Bell Boyd & Lloyd said last week that it has expanded its corporate, venture capital, and intellectual property practices with the opening of a San Diego office, which will serve as the center for the firm’s life sciences group.
The law firm also announced that Stephanie Seidman will join the firm to head the San Diego life sciences group; while David Fisher, former manager at law firm Fisher Thurber, will lead the corporate and emerging company practice in the San Diego office.

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