IIPI Board of Advisors
Former Commissioner of Trademarks
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Lynne Beresford served as Commissioner of Trademarks for the United States Patent and Trademark Office between 2005 and 2010. She began working at the USPTO in 1979 as a trademark examiner, and over the course of her thirty-one year career held a variety of management positions, including managing attorney, trademark legal administrator, deputy commissioner for trademark examination policy, deputy commissioner for trademark operations, and senior attorney in the Office of International Relations. Between 1995 and 2000, Beresford served as attorney-advisor in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs, where she worked specifically on trademark, geographical indication, and domain name issues.
Between 1997 and 2001, Beresford chaired the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications. She also played an important role in negotiating and drafting the implementing legislation for the Trademark Law Treaty and Madrid Protocol and in 2008 led the team that negotiated the US ratification of the Singapore Trademark Law Treaty. In 2011, Beresford received a Lifetime Achievement Award in IP at the Managing IP North America Awards.
Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli
Beginning his career as a Research Scientist in Basic and Industrial Research he has been involved in Technology Assessment, Forecasting and Transfer including Factory Management and Business Planning at Hindustan Lever Ltd for two decades. From 1991 to 1996 he was the Head of Information Services and Patents at the Hindustan Lever Research Centre. His last assignment at HLL involved Corporate Information Risk & Security Management and Knowledge Management. He is a qualified and a leading Patent Agent in India and an expert in IPR and Information Management.
His consulting group “VISION-IPR” offers services in management of IPR, information security and knowledge management. His clients include leading Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Engineering Industries, Educational institutions such as IIT Bombay, Public Sector Undertakings and several Entrepreneurs.
M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and Ph.D. from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai in Chemical Physics, he completed his Post Doctoral Research in Germany and Canada. He was a Visiting Scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in 1981 before joining Hindustan Lever Ltd. as a Research Scientist.
An elected Fellow of the Maharastra Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the National Science Talent Scholarship (NSTS) and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow (Germany) he has 45 publications in Chemical Physics, Chemical Processes, Specialty Materials. He also has over 50 publications, Books including researches papers in the field of IPR and is an invited contributor to international journals such as “The World Patent Information” & Business Briefings published from the UK.
Senior Technical Advisor
Science and Technology Ventures
Jack Granowitz is Senior Technical Advisor to the Executive Director of STV, with special focus on STV Partnerships, an expanding technology transfer consortium of academic centers to enhance the impact and speed the use of university-generated discoveries. Mr. Granowitz joined Columbia University’s technology transfer office, Columbia Innovation Enterprise, in 1983, and served as Executive Director from 1988 through 2000. Under his leadership, the office was built and staffed with more than thirty people. Revenue from intellectual property and support for research and development grew to more than $167 million per year. As a result, Columbia University leads U.S. universities and research centers in revenues from the transformation of knowledge products to public use. Columbia University now has equity interest in over forty startup companies, several of which have gone public. As Executive Director, Mr. Granowitz directed several significant collaborative academic deals, most notably including a major research and licensing collaboration with Oxford University, Pasteur, and Eli Lilly corporation; formation of publicly-held Pharmacopeia, Inc. in conjunction with Cold Springs Harbor Laboratories; and establishment of MPEG LA, LLC., which pools MPEG II patents from Columbia and seven industrial partners. He led development of numerous major licensing and research collaborations, including the licensing of technologies for co-transformation, chimeric antibodies and diagnostic kits. Prior to joining Columbia University, Mr. Granowitz worked in the corporate health care industry. He was Vice-President and General Manager of the International Division of IPCO Corporation and before that was an executive with American Cyanamid Company and Pfizer, Inc. He was involved with the development and marketing of medical and pharmaceutical products including the first surgical scrub sponge and the first total hip prosthesis. He holds several patents related to medical and surgical devices. Mr. Granowitz received his BA and MS in Chemical Engineering from New York University and his MBA from Iona College.
Dr. GAO Lulin
Dr. Gao is an uncommonly qualified expert in the field of intellectual property. He worked for more than 14 years in public office in the field of intellectual property protection in China and, although he has since retired from public duty, he is still active in the area as a consultant, panelist and professor in a number of private non-governmental organizations and universities. During the course of his career he has held the positions of Commissioner of the Chinese Patent Office and Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office (China). He was a senior advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for roughly two years and is currently the Honorary Chairman of the China Intellectual Property Society, Vice Chairman of the China Internet Society and a Member of the Steering Committee of the China Internet Network Information Center.
Dr. Gao has headed numerous delegations for the Chinese government at many international forums and diplomatic conferences on intellectual property. He has also held the Chair of the Paris Union Assembly and the WIPO General Assembly. In 1995, he was given the Grand Star Cross by the German government for his remarkable contributions to the field of IP protection and international cooperation and in that same year, the European Patent Office awarded him the International Cooperation Medal for his contributions to the field. He frequently gives lectures on intellectual property at the Peking University’s Law School and has published numerous works on patent prosecution and litigation, licensing, IPR protection, TRIPS Agreement and domain names. His publications include “How Do Foreigners Seek Patent Protection for Their Technology” in China Law; “Patent System and Market Economy” published in Reform and Its Theory, Tentative Ideas for Further Improvement of the Chinese Patent System (Chinese and English); “China and the TRIPS Agreement” (Chinese and English) which was presented at the APEC Industrial Property Symposium of The Development of Industrial Property Systems Towards the 21st Century in August 1996 in Tokyo, Japan; and “China’s Accession to the WTO and Protection of Intellectual Property” (Chinese and English), published in China Patents and Trademarks.
Dr. Gao is not only an intellectual property expert, but also has strong technology backgrounds. His first degree, a Bachelors of Science, was in prospecting technology and he earned a Ph.D in the area from one of the top schools in the former Soviet Union. For many years, he worked in research institutes, ministries, at the State Planning Commission and the State Economic Planning Commission as a technology specialist and although in later years the major thrust of his career shifted to intellectual property issues, he has remained active in the field. He is currently a Fellow at the Russian International Academy of Engineering. Dr. Gao speaks Chinese (native), English and Russian.
Mr. Ian Harvey
United Kingdom Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
Ian Harvey has an MA in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard University. He was with Vickers and Laporte Industries for ten years before seven years at the World Bank. He joined BTG in 1985 as Chief Executive Officer. Between 1988 and 1993 he served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology. He is a fellow of Nottingham University (1994), has been a member of the Advisory Panel for “SPRU” (Science and Technology Policy Research Unit of Sussex University) from 1989-2003; became a Director of the Intellectual Property Institute in 1998 and was appointed as Institute Chairman in July 1999. He is a director of Primaxis Technology Ventures Inc. and a member of the Appointments Committee of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council. He is a Companion of the British Institute of Management and sits on the Companions’ Board, and is a member of Air Products & Chemicals Inc European Advisory Council. In 2001 he was appointed the founding Chairman of the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.
Federal Government Affairs Manager
Susan Mann serves as a Federal Government Affairs Manager at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Susan worked for 9 years as a principal in the lobby firm of Griffin, Johnson, Dover, & Stewart, where she represented clients in the music and film industries. Susan has also served as Administrator for the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, and as Attorney-Advisor in the same office. While at the Department, she participated in numerous multilateral and bilateral intellectual property negotiations and also served as an advisor on legislative and policy initiatives affecting the trade aspects of, and the protection of, intellectual property rights. Ms. Mann has focused on legislative and copyright matters as an associate of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in Washington, DC. She has also served as a legislative/regulatory analyst with a trade association and as a congressional staffer.
Former Vice President
European Patent Office
Dr. Jacques Michel, the former Vice President of the European Patent Office (EPO), has contributed greatly to the patent world. He has served as a policy maker, politician, and diplomat. He held various positions in the French Secretariat of State for Research and the Ministry of Industry, related to problems of scientific and technological information issues. Dr. Michel also served as Assistant and then Senior Assistant at the Science Faculty of Paris-Orsay. Prior to that, he was appointed Science Attaché to the French Embassy to the United States of America where he monitored the fields of chemistry, materials, environment, nuclear technology, and other science and technological information. Dr. Michel has a doctorate in Physical Science.
Yuasa and Hara
Mr. Shinjiro Ono graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Chemistry (B.S.). In April 1970, he joined the Japan Patent Office where he initially conducted patent examinations in the Polymer Division. From1978 – 79, Mr. Ono studied abroad in the United States (Chemical Abstracts Service, American Chemical Society), and from 1982-85, he was First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Japan, Geneva. Subsequently, Mr. Ono held several high positions in the Japan Patent Office (JPO). From 1998 to 2001, he was Director-General of the Fourth (Chemical) Examination Department, then from 2001 to 2002, Director-General of Appeals Department. Mr. Ono was appointed Deputy Commissioner in June 2002 and served as his post until October 2005. During his tenure as Deputy Commissioner, he engaged in significantly strengthening the examination system in order to achieve timely high quality patent examination, which is essential to transform Japan into an intellectual property-based nation, and vigorously advanced Trilateral (EPO, USPTO, JPO) Cooperation in patent examination and the international harmonization of IP systems to globally support the acquisition of rights. He has taken initiative in establishing examination policies and in conducting comparative studies among trilateral Offices in fields of cutting-edge technologies, such as gene-related inventions and medical treatment, including medical inventions.