PIPLA Hosts CLE with Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirschfield

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Panitch Schwarze partner John Simmons, who also serves as president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association (PIPLA), is proud to announce that the organization’s April meeting featured speaker Andrew Hirschfield, the Commissioner of Patents for the United States Patent and Trademark office.

During the final substantive PIPLA meeting of the current board term, Hirschfield provided members with a positive status update on patents and the office. The meeting also included a networking session for members and peers in attendance.
PIPLA is an organization of Intellectual Property lawyers and law student affiliates primarily in the Greater Philadelphia area including the Philadelphia surrounding counties, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. PIPLA promotes the development and understanding of Intellectual Property Law through regular meetings and sponsored CLE opportunities.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association provided local IP leaders with a discussion about the United States Patent and Trademark Office with Commissioner of Patents Andrew Hirschfield (fourth from left) in Philadelphia on April 17. Pictured from left, board member John M. Bollinger, of Volpe and Koenig, Past President Robin Quartin, board member Keith A. Jones, of Panitch Schwarze, Vice President Steve J. Weed, of RatnerPrestia, President John D. Simmons, of Panitch Schwarze, President-Elect Felicity Groth, of BakerHostetler, and Hospitality Committee Chair Stephanie Papastephanou, of BakerHostetler.

About Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm’s IP law practitioners provide strategic litigation, licensing and counseling service relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, domain names and internet issues domestically and internationally. The firm’s long-standing relationships with a network of associates worldwide enable its attorneys and advisors to provide clients with global intellectual property advice and protection.

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