Annual Meeting

Chair: Brett Lunn, FB Rice
Members: Jennifer Bailey, Yasin Bismilla, Jeremy Lawson, Carlos Olarte, Robert Thornburg, Pei-Ru Wey, Ricardo Antequera

  • Develops topics, invites speakers and sponsors, and manages the AIPF Annual Meeting
    (September 13-15 at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, CA)

Brand of Excellence®: Business Management for IP Law Firms

Chair: Christopher Agrawal, Bookoff McAndrews
Members: Alvaro Bonilla, Philip Furgang, Daniela Gonzalez, Eric Marzluf, Maria Clara Munera, Tony Sabeta, Eugenio Torres
  • Identifies topics and produces seminars, webinars and roundtables focusing on issues unique to the operation and management of boutique IP law firms. This year the committee will develop and produce a new interactive multi-session Brand of Excellence® Academy for member firms directed specifically to issues relating to IP law firm operations

IP Law Bugle®

Chair: Matthew Stark, Price Heneveld
Members: Alex Agudelo, Chintan Desai, Mary Flanagan, Liliana Galindo, Felix Klopmeier, Hande Mumcuoglu, Juan Felipe Acosta Sanchez, Mervyn Valdares

  • Compiles and collects law news and articles prepared by AIPF members, as well as practical notes for IP practitioners for our monthly online bulletin. The Bugle manages to include anywhere from 4 to 8 substantive articles per edition which allows members to share information and “trumpet” their knowledge and expertise to more than 5,000 in-house IP counsels other relevant audiences


Co-Chairs: Brian Ainsworth, Price Heneveld
Members: Howard Bernstein, Laura Collada, Cristina Guerra, John Kaddu, Diallo Crenshaw, Christian Thomae
  • Receives and reviews applications for membership, sends out applications for membership, communicates with prospective members and supplies recommendations to the Board of Directors relating to prospective members. Goals for 2014-2015 are to revise the membership dues structure and to grow the membership with quality firms from unrepresented areas or countries


Chair: Laura Winston, Kim Winston
Members: Cheryl Burbach, Sebastian Gonzalez-Yanes, John Heinbockel, Isabella Herrera, Isabelle Jomphe, Lynn Jordan, Erik Pelton, Nicholas Santucci, Martin Viefhues
  • Develops programming in conjunction with member firms and corporate counsels on contemporary issues important to trademark professionals.


Chair: Blair Barbieri, Hovey Williams
Members: Crissa Cook, Camila Cooper, Matthew Leaper, Carlos Parra, Alexandra Steele
  • Identifies topics and solicits speakers for webinars.

Any partner or employee of a member firm is eligible for membership on these committees. If you are interested in participating on a committee, please contact either the committee chair or the AIPF Executive Office at or 1.201.308.6948.