The Intellectual Property Owners Association Education Foundation elected three new board members, all with expansive intellectual property bona fides. The new members in alphabetical order are:

LouisLouis Foreman is the founder and chief executive of Enventys, an integrated product design and engineering firm.  Foreman is an inventor with 10 U.S. patents.  He is th creator of the Emmy-winning PBS television show, Everyday Edisons, and he is the publisher of Inventors Digest, a 25 year old publication devoted to fostering the spirit and practice of innovation.  He is finishing a three-year term on the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Judge_MichelFormer Chief Judge Paul Michel retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 31, 2010 after 22 years of service.  He was appointed to the court in 1988 and after 16 years assumed the duties of Chief Judge.  He judged several thousand appeals and wrote over 800 opinions in the diverse legal areas covered by his circuit, including patents and trademarks.  Prior to his appointment to the court, Chief Judge Michel served in the executive and legal branches of the government for 22 years.

MichelsonDr. Gary Michelson is an orthopedic surgeon who invented treatments for spinal disorders.  His devices have been implanted in hundreds of thousands of patients and his surgical system has become the foundation for many of the modern surgical treatments used for major spinal disorders.  Dr. Michelson has more than 900 issued or pending patents worldwide.  In 2005, Dr. Michelson assigned ownership of much of his spine-related intellectual property to Medtronic Inc.  Dr. Michelson’s Found Animals foundation sponsors The Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology.

“All three individuals bring to the Board tremendous talent, expertise and a fresh perspective about how to get the message out about innovation and the system that protects it,” said IPO Foundation Executive Director Herb Wamsley. “We welcome them to the Board.”

The IPO, established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology.

The association advocates effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members.  It concentrates on: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; providing information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

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