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PHILADELPHIA (October 2016) – The Philadelphia intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel is proud to announce that two of its attorneys have been elected to leadership roles in the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) for the 2016 – 2017 program year. John D. Simmons will serve as President-Elect and Keith A. Jones will serve on the Board of Governors.
“PIPLA brings together IP lawyers from around the region to promote intellectual property protection, so that IP-driven companies can continue to focus on producing the discoveries that change lives, every day, here in Philadelphia and around the world,” said Simmons, an engineer and inventor in his own right, in addition to being an intellectual property attorney.

A partner at Panitch Schwarze, Simmons focuses his practice on IP litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets infringement, computer fraud and abuse, cybersquatting and licensing/contract disputes. 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.

Jones, an associate at Panitch Schwarze, focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets litigation, as well as unfair competition. His focus in patent prosecution is on the electrical and computing related arts. Jones has been involved in litigating cases involving many technologies and industries, such as printing presses, solar panel support structures, and electronic commerce.

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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