Washington, DC The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) today named James E. Rogan, former Congressman and former Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as Chairman of IIPI’s Board of Advisors. In this capacity Rogan will be coordinating the activities of a group of intellectual property experts from around the world to increase the use of intellectual property as a mechanism to stimulate economic development.

Mr. Rogan is currently a Partner at Venable, LLP, a Washington, DC, based law firm. During his tenure at the USPTO, he co-chaired the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council and oversaw the largest restructuring of the U.S. intellectual property system in the agency’s history. Rogan served two terms as a Republican Member of Congress, representing the Los Angeles area.

“I am looking forward to coordinating the activities of a group which will include some of the brightest and most respected IP minds in the world,” remarked Rogan. “I will be working along side Brad Huther, IIPI’s CEO, to assist developing countries in improving their economies by providing technical assistance which enables them to harness their own intellectual property and attract more foreign direct investment.”

Rogan’s first assignment as Chairman of the IIPI Advisory Board was participating in the IIPI Congressional Roundtable: An International Perspective on Patents and Trademarks, organized on behalf of the House Intellectual Property Caucus on July 22. Rep. Tom Feeney and the House IP Caucus co-chairs, Rep. Mary Bono, Rep. Adam Smith and Rep. Robert Wexler participated in the roundtable.

“Jim Rogan’s years of leadership and experience in the protection of intellectual property rights, in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government, make him an exceptional addition to IIPI,” noted U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney. “As a founder of the House Intellectual Property Caucus, I welcome the opportunity to work with someone who possesses both a clear understanding of the complexities of intellectual property issues along with a working knowledge of Congress.”