Below is a list of IIPI’s Washington, DC-based staff and partners. Additionally, the Institute cooperates with experts and partners around the globe to execute its mission. The combination of diverse networks and skill sets from the staff allows IIPI to foster economic growth throughout the world.
Honorable Bruce A. Lehman
Chairman and President
Bruce Lehman is the Chairman and President of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C. The Institute promotes the creation of modern intellectual property systems and the use of intellectual property rights as a mechanism for investment, technology transfer and the creation of wealth in all countries of the world.
From August 1993 through December 1998, Lehman served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. As the Clinton Administration’s primary representative for intellectual property rights protection, he was a key player on these issues, both domestically and internationally. At the request of the President, he served concurrently in the fall of 1997 as acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which fosters and recognizes the work of America’s artistic and creative community.
In 1994, the National Law Journal, the largest-selling weekly publication for lawyers, named Lehman its “Lawyer of the Year.” In 1997, another publication, the National Journal, a Washington-based national magazine of public policy, named Lehman one of the 100 most influential men and women in Washington. The National Journal observed, “In today’s Information Age, the issue of intellectual property rights is no longer an arcane concern, but a vital part of U.S. trade policy. Since taking over his current posts in 1993, Lehman has been the Clinton Administration’s outspoken voice on such matters here and abroad.”
Serving as the leader of the U.S. delegation to WIPO’s December 1996 Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions, he successfully concluded negotiations which resulted in the adoption of two treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. These treaties, by updating international copyright law for the digital age, will greatly facilitate the growth of on-line digital commerce over the Internet. Likewise, Lehman’s guidance on the development of the intellectual property provisions of the Uruguay Round Agreement, now known as TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property), has enabled American creators and inventors to more easily protect their creations from piracy throughout the world.
Lehman engaged in streamlining the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to be more responsive and customer-focused. His efforts were recognized by Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review as a success story for government reinvention. As Commissioner, he held a series of public hearings throughout the country to solicit the views and concerns of PTO customers. Feedback led PTO to develop new guidelines for patents in the biotechnology field and establish partnership libraries in Sunnyvale, California and Detroit, Michigan, to provide better public access to PTO information and services. Lehman also chaired the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights of the National Information Infrastructure Task Force. In September of 1995, the Working Group released Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure, which examines the role of copyright law in cyberspace and makes recommendations to fortify copyright protection of intellectual property in the networked environment of the information superhighway.
For ten years prior to joining the Clinton administration, Lehman was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Swidler & Berlin. There he represented individuals, companies, and trade associations in the areas of intellectual property rights. His clients were drawn from the motion picture, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, computer software and broadcasting industries.
Prior to entering private practice, Lehman worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives as counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary and chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice. Lehman was the Committee’s principal legal adviser in the drafting of the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1980 Computer Software Amendments, and 1982 Amendments to the Patent Laws.
Early in his career, Lehman served as legal counsel to the Wisconsin State Legislature, as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an officer in the U.S. Army. He was born on September 19, 1945, and attended the University of Wisconsin — earning a B.A. in 1967, and a J.D. in 1970. He is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia.
Executive Director / Director General
Andrew Hirsch is Executive Director / Director General of the International Intellectual Property Institute. He is a recognized intellectual property expert with over 20 years of diversified public and private sector professional experience in global intellectual property policy, law, entrepreneurial business creation, and technology innovation and commercialization.
Mr. Hirsch’s career has focused on improving the global intellectual property ecosystem and on fostering sustainable technology driven economic growth. For the past decade, Mr. Hirsch has worked as a C-suite leader and Chief IP counsel for a wide range of patent based, energy and environment clean technology start-ups.
From 1993-2001, Mr. Hirsch served at the U.S. Department of Commerce in a variety of senior business and intellectual property policy liaison positions. As Director of Congressional Affairs for the USPTO, he worked on all areas of intellectual property, including formulating US Government policy and analyzing, developing, and implementing legislative strategies to adapt IP laws to address new technologies. He also served as Deputy Director of the Secretary of Commerce’s Office of Business Liaison. Mr. Hirsch participated in Congressional/Executive Branch delegations to Latin America and Europe and worked closely with four U.S. Secretaries of Commerce to facilitate numerous international commercial trade, technology, and intellectual property diplomacy and advocacy missions throughout the world.
Mr. Hirsch previously worked for Vice President Gore and Vice President Biden (during their service in the U.S. Senate) on trade, technology, economics, and business policy, legislation, constituent service, and regulatory oversight.
Mr. Hirsch is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), and US Bankruptcy Court (EDVA). He holds the following degrees: J.D., The George Mason University School of Law (2000), M.A., George Washington University (1992), and B.A., Cornell University (1988).
Richard Litman is Legal Counsel for the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI). He is the Practice Group Leader of the Intellectual Property and Emerging Technologies Practice Group of Becker & Poliakoff, PA. He is based in the Washington, DC, Miami, Florida, and Northern Virginia offices. He is the Office Managing Attorney of the firm’s Northern Virginia Office, which is the administrative office for the firm’s IP practice. Clients include universities, research centers, programs and resources supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, and R&D funding organizations in emerging innovation economies. The Practice Group handles a wide spectrum of technologies, including Biotechnology and the Life Sciences, Information and Communications Technology, and Energy and Environmental Technology.
Innovation and entrepreneurship comes naturally to Richard Litman. He has been a lawyer for 35 years. After finishing college at age 15, Richard went on to graduate from law school with honors. Richard also holds two advanced law degrees, including one in Forensic Science and the other, a LL.M. in Patent & Trade Regulation Law from The National Law Center of George Washington University, obtained during a post-graduate fellowship awarded by the Food and Drug Law Institute. He is a Registered Patent Attorney and has been admitted to practice before several state and federal courts, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Litman has been a director of three commercial banks for the last 20 years, and has served as Chairman of The Freedom Bank of Virginia for the last 7 years. For many years he hosted the Great Ideas radio program in Washington, DC, a daily show in which he interviewed technology entrepreneurs, angel and private equity investors, and experts serving emerging technology companies. Litman has lectured in many countries on topics such as using global patent information and the international patent system to accelerate innovation, and models for international collaborative relationships. In 2009 he started the Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN) to facilitate multinational relationships for collaborative research, and the development and commercialization of technologies.
He belongs to the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the Association of University Research Parks. He is recognized for his achievements in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He has an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating and is recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Pennsylvania senate recognized him for his “tireless efforts to benefit the community at large”. He was also commended by President Clinton for his “deep concern about our future” and his “exemplary commitment to improving our world”.
Manager and Staff Attorney
Jenna is IIPI’s Manager and Staff Attorney. Prior to joining IIPI, she was a Legislative Counsel Intern at the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office and a Press Intern for Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Jenna spent a year defending the First Amendment as a Law Clerk at Berkman, Gordon, Murray and DeVan. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, cum laude, where she was a Student Bar Association Senator, Lead Editor of the Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet and President of the Student Public Interest Law Fellowship. Jenna received her B.A. in Political Science and English from Case Western Reserve University and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honors Society. She is also a proud former President of the Case Democrats.
Fellows & Interns
Past Staff, Fellows and Interns
Executive Director and General Counsel
Andrew is IIPI’s Executive Director and General Counsel. Prior to joining IIPI, he was a legislative fellow in the office of Congressman Walt Minnick (D-ID). Andrew spent close to a year in the Philippines conducting research on IPR protection and enforcement as a Fulbright scholar from 2007-2008. His research paper, “Why Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Remains Entrenched in the Philippines”, appears in Volume 21 Issue 1 of the Pace International Law Review. Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was a Managing Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review and member of the Moot Court Board. He received his English degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
Ben is the Program Manager at IIPI. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in philosophy with distinction and completed an honors thesis in international security studies. He was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and captained the Stanford policy debate team. Prior to his work at IIPI, Ben worked as a research intern in the areas of international conflict management and medicine. He hopes to attend law school in the near future, possibly beginning a career in international intellectual property issues.
Program and Research Assistant
Remington is the Program and Research Assistant for IIPI. He is in the middle of his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Remington is taking time away from school to work for IIPI and gain a better understanding of intellectual property. He is majoring in legal studies, political science, and economics. Along with his studies, he competes for the division one rowing program at the UW. Prior to Wisconsin, he graduated from Groton School, a small preparatory school in Massachusetts. Remington interned with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) during the summer of 2013.
Rick is an economist and public affairs advisor. Based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, he has counseled companies, labor unions, and non-profit groups on financial and government funding issues.
Mr. Reidy was a founder and director of one of the first venture capital funds to invest exclusively in ?green? environmentally-friendly companies. Mr. Reidy also founded a start-up venture that pioneered the concept of direct-to-consumer sales of recorded music.
He served previously as chief financial officer for a boutique property development group in Los Angeles, arranging the financial packages for the company’s residential and commercial building projects. Earlier, Mr. Reidy worked at a Washington, DC trade group representing employee-owned companies and firms financed by employee-leveraged buy-outs.
A graduate in economics of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Reidy has also studied and worked in Mexico City, Boston and New York. He worked through his school years in radio broadcasting as an on-air announcer, talk show host, news writer and engineer.
Cameron was a Program Attorney at IIPI. A member of the Federal Circuit and Virginia State Bars, Cameron graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2009, where she received a Presidential Merit Scholarship. Prior to joining IIPI, Cameron served as a legal fellow at the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, as a legal intern at the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, and as a legal assistant at the University of Georgia’s Office of Legal Affairs. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia.
Jason D. Koch
Jason was a Program Attorney at IIPI. A member of the Federal Circuit and Virginia State Bars, Jason studied intellectual property, international law, economics, and public policy at universities in the United States, England, and the Netherlands. Prior to joining IIPI, Jason worked for the Council of the District of Columbia and was a legislative fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA). In his spare time, Jason has worked on government contract and anti-trust cases and has drafted revision for a legal casebook. Jason holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Bruce was IIPI’s program assistant and is now at the Social Security Administration. Before IIPI, he worked in the commercial insurance billing department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to his work at Johns Hopkins, he spent close to a decade in mutual funds sales at Legg Mason. Bruce is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
Lauren Saltiel is a legal intern at IIPI for the summer of 2012. She is a rising 2L at The University of Pennsylvania Law School and is working as a Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition Public Interest Fellow. At Penn, she is on the board of the Penn Intellectual Property Group and president of the Public Interest Mentors Initiative. Lauren obtained her BA in Political Science from Barnard College in 2010. After graduation, she worked for a science media company and non-profit organization, where she was first exposed to intellectual property issues. She is particularly interested in IP issues relating to protecting cultural heritage and traditional knowledge and providing access to technologies in the developing world.
Joanna Holguin is a legal fellow at IIPI for the fall of 2011. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law where she represented the school at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s moot court competition. Originally from New Jersey, Joanna graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2007 where she studied Journalism and Philosophy. She initially became interested in intellectual property law when she began to perform with local musicians on her college campus and local community. She hopes to establish a career in intellectual property law and learn the different aspects of the field while a fellow at IIPI. Joanna speaks fluent Spanish and is learning to speak Arabic.
Karen Schuster was an intern at IIPI during the summer of 2011. She is currently a rising senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Classics and Chinese. In 2010, she worked for a semester abroad as a government relations intern at the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, where she developed an interest in intellectual property rights. This interest, in addition to her interest in Asia, interest in music and experience working at a technology startup led her to IIPI.
Sofia Castillo was a legal intern at IIPI during the summer of 2011. Originally from Venezuela, she will start her second year as a law student at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Sofia obtained her BA in Anthropology and International Development Studies at Trent University in Ontario, Canada and her MA in Latin American Studies at Stanford. Sofia is interested in learning more about intellectual property issues in trade relations between Asia and Latin America.
Krista Celentano was a legal intern at IIPI during the fall of 2000. She is a third year law student at University of California, Davis, School of Law. Before attending law school Krista obtained a B.S. from University of California, Los Angeles in Biochemistry. She is a USPTO registered patent agent and has worked in patent prosecution and litigation. Krista’s interest in intellectual property law and policy began at UCLA and has continued through her aspiring career. As a research assistant focusing in international intellectual property law and cultural studies, Krista hopes to expand upon her knowledge of global intellectual property development at IIPI.
Carolina Rizzo was a legal intern at IIPI during the fall of 2000. Originally from Uruguay, she is a second year law student at American University. She obtained a BA in Latin American Studies and International Relations with High Honors from the University of Michigan in 2009. As an undergraduate student, Carolina interned at the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, DC. In law school, she serves as Co-Editor of the Arbitration Brief and blogger for the Intellectual Property Brief. She is interested in International Commercial Arbitration and Intellectual Property, specifically Copyright protection of Folklore and Traditional Knowledge. Carolina began her internship with IIPI in August.
Legal Fellow, Legal Intern
Eric was a legal intern at IIPI during the summer of 2010. He is currently a rising third year law student at Georgetown University Law Center. He was born in Denver, CO. Before he came to law school, he worked in biomedical research at the University of Colorado, where he conducted research on a wide range of diseases including prostate cancer, tuberculosis, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He came to law school looking for a new challenge that would allow him to continue to be involved with science, and found it in intellectual property law. He came to IIPI because of his affinity for intellectual property law coupled with his desire to assist other nations develop their economies.
Alex was a legal intern at IIPI during the summer of 2010. He is currently a J.D. candidate at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University in 2009, where he studied international business and marketing. Before going to law school, Alex worked in various fields, including internet advertising, life insurance and university prospect management. His interests in international markets, theater and music have led him to explore intellectual property as a potential career path during and after law school. Alex speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Jongseung Ahn was an intern at IIPI during the spring of 2010. He holds a graduate degree in International Trade and Economic Cooperation from Kyung Hee Graduate School of Pan-pacific International Studies in South Korea, where he served as student president. Jongseung’s studies focused on intellectual property rights and foreign direct investment, and he is a member of the Korean Association of International Development and Cooperation. Jongseung’s internship experience includes Stanford Hotel in Australia, Samsung SDS in South Korea, and INDECOPI in Peru. He received B.A. in Business administration in 2008 from Chung Ang University in S. Korea.