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PHILADELPHIA (May 2017) – The Philadelphia and Wilmington intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is proud to announce that partner John D. Simmons has been elected to serve as president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA).

“PIPLA brings together IP lawyers from around the greater Philadelphia region to promote current best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement in a collegial and collaborative forum for all in-house and private practice IP attorneys and law students,” said Simmons, a professional engineer and inventor in his own right, in addition to being an intellectual property attorney.

A partner at Panitch Schwarze, Simmons leads Panitch Schwarze’s IP litigation group and serves on the firm’s management committee. He focuses his practice on IP litigation, prosecution and counseling. He has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technologies, from gaming devices, video games, software, and Internet security software/systems to instrumentation, ionization systems, industrial designs and medical devices.

Founded in 1923, the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association is one of the oldest IP law organizations in the country. It brings together lawyers and law student affiliates to promote the development and understanding of intellectual property law through regular meetings, sponsored CLE opportunities, and amicus briefs. To learn more, visit

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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