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IP Basics contributors include:


  • Mickie Voges-Piatt, Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Jesse Fenty, Executive Director, Endless IP; National Society of Black Engineers

  • Rafael Cardona, Instructor, Glendale Community College

  • Alessandra Carcaterra Messing, IP & Litigation Attorney with Messing P.C. in New York

  • Tejas Shah, valuation expert, Pellegrino & Associates

  • Rickard Essung, student, Chalmers University, Sweden

  • Ruth Soetendorp, IP Awareness Network, UK

  • Gabriella Conway, Marketing Director, RIND Snacks

  • Bruce Berman, Brody Berman Associates, Chairman, Center for IP Understanding


Additional contributors are IP owners, inventors and creators too numerous to mention. CIPU is grateful to them all.


CIPU Board of Directors

Keith Bergelt***

CEO, Open Invention Network; former IP strategy executive, Motorola and SRI International; Managing Partner, Paradox Capital; former career diplomat, U.S. State Department

Brian Hinman***

Chief Innovation Officer, AON IP Solutions; ex-Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Philips; Vice President IP, Verizon; Vice President IP and Licensing, IBM; executive-advisor, Columbia University Technology Ventures

Adam Mossoff***

Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Visiting Fellow the Heritage Foundation. Leading expert on IP law.

Jennifer Pariser

Vice President and Director of Academic Outreach, the Motion Picture Association; former Vice President the Recording Industry Association of America; former Senior Vice President SONY Music Entertainment.

Manny Schecter

Chief Patent Counsel, IBM; Past-President, IPO Association Education Foundation

Mickie Voges-Piatt*

Co-Director IP Management & Markets Program, Illinois Institute of Technology; Deputy Director, Program in IP Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Bruce Berman (Chairman)

Author and editor responsible for five IP business books; IP communications expert; IAM 300 Leading Strategist (10 years); member, IP Hall of Fame Academy; CEO, Brody Berman Associates (31 years)



James Pooley**

Trade secrets trial lawyer, scholar and diplomat; ex-Deputy Director General, WIPO; Former Chairman, Inventors Hall of Fame; author

Rafael Cardona*

Marketing strategist; IP Instructor Glendale Community College, Los Angeles

Alessandra Carcaterra Messing*

IP & Litigation Attorney with Messing P.C. in New York

Stephen Key**

Inventor, leading product licensing expert, Forbes innovation columnist

Madeleine Key**

Senior Strategist for inventRight and Inventors Groups of America, Inc. intellectual property columnist. 

Xenia Kobylarz**

Director of Communications, Paul Weiss; M.S. Columbia School of Journalism, ex-editor American Lawyer Media


Derek Morales*

Associate Counsel, Trademarks at the Estée Lauder Companies. Previously, he was Senior Director of the Intellectual Property Council at Ralph Lauren.

Hon. Paul R. Michel

Chief Judge and Member of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ret.

Marshall Phelps

Vice President of IP Strategy & Business, Microsoft Corp and IBM (ret); charter member IP Hall of Fame; visiting professor and lecturer Cornell, Duke and USC

Jonathan Taplin

Film producer (“Mean Streets,” “The Last Waltz”), Director Emeritus, the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, author

Education committee*

Communications committee**

Development committee***

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