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IP Attorney John D. Simmons Assumes Presidency of PIPLA

November 7, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (November 2017) – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is proud to announce that John D. Simmons will lead the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) for the 2017 – 2018 program year, while attorney Keith A. Jones will continue to serve on the organization’s board.

Simmons and Jones were installed along with other officers and board members when the organization resumed its programming in the fall. The program year extends through spring 2018.

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

Simmons and IP attorney Keith A. Jones to lead Philadelphia Intellectual Property Association

PHOTO CAPTION: The Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) kicked off its 2017 – 2018 program year by hosting IP attorney James W. Dabney (fourth from left), of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, who successfully argued the TC Heartland case to the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in a significant change in venue for patent cases. Dabney is pictured with PIPLA’s 2017 - 2018 officers, from left, board member Keith A. Jones, of Panitch Schwarze; President John D. Simmons, of Panitch Schwarze; Secretary R. Touhey Meyer, of Caesar Rivise; Vice President Steve J. Weed, of RatnerPrestia; board member Dionne D. Heard, of Volpe and Koenig; President-Elect Felicity Groth, of BakerHostetler; Past President Robin Quartin; board member John M. Bollinger, of Volpe and Koenig. Not pictured: Treasurer Lesley McCall Grossberg, of BakerHostetler; board members Melissa R. Gibson, of Akin Gump and Alaina J. Lakawicz, of BakerHostetler.

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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