New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) June 14, 2014
American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an industry group representing small patent owners – start-ups, R&D companies, universities, independent inventors and patent practitioners – has added Jeff Ballabon to its Board of Directors. Mr. Ballabon is a founding partner of B2 Strategic, an influential international consulting firm.
Prior to founding B2 Strategic, Jeff Ballabon was CEO of Innovative Communications Technologies, Inc. where he managed litigation and licensing efforts that ultimately led to the company’s spin-off as a public company. Jeff Ballabon is well known in both New York and Washington as a media expert, policy authority and business visionary. He has headed communications, public policy and government relations departments at major media corporations that include CBS News, Primedia and Court TV. He has provided policy and government affairs representation to investment funds, non-profit organizations and political candidates. Mr. Ballabon serves on the Executive Committee of the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.
“At this critical time of wholesale onslaught on our patent system, Jeff’s grasp of intellectual property policy issues and his political savvy will be invaluable to our organization,” says Dr. Alexander Poltorak, founder and President of American Innovators for Patent Reform. “I am pleased to welcome Jeff to the Board of Directors of AIPR.”
“I am delighted to join the AIPR Board,” says Jeff Ballabon. “The U.S. patent system has been the strongest in the world and needs to remain strong. Washington must protect both individual inventors and our global leadership in innovation. I look forward to contributing to the good fight for our patent system that AIPR is leading.”
A graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Ballabon served as Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator John Danforth (R-MO). He has twice been a Presidential Appointee to the Distinguished Executive Review Board of the Presidential Rank Awards Program, as well as to the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Committee on 21st Century Demographics. In addition to his work in intellectual property, Ballabon has been a national leader in several media and policy-related organizations.
“With millions of dollars pouring from large corporations to fund lobbying efforts aimed at emasculating our patent system, American innovators are facing an uphill battle,” says Alec Schibanoff, AIPR’s Executive Director. “Mr. Ballabon’s addition to the Board of Directors of AIPR will help us communicate the importance of protecting innovation to the public and navigate the corridors of power in Washington.”
About American Innovators for Patent Reform
Headquartered in New York City, American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR) represents a broad constituency of American innovators and innovation stakeholders including inventors, engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs, patent owners, small businesses, universities, investors, and intellectual property professionals such as patent attorneys, patent agents, patent brokers, tech transfer managers and licensing executives.
AIPR advocates a multi-tier patent system and other patent reform aimed at strengthening and modernizing our patent system. AIPR opposes any patent legislation that makes it more difficult to enforce patents because such legislation ultimately weakens the U.S. Patent system and de-values patents. AIPR advocates full funding for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information about AIPR, please visit http://www.aminn.org.