Brooks Kushman attorney named IPO Licensing Committee Secretary

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Brooks Kushman attorney Chris­topher C. Smith has been chosen to serve as Secretary on the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) IP Licensing Commi­ttee for the 2016 term. The committee which includes approximately 50 members from across the country, focuses on intellectual property licensing and related matters and issues providing members the opportunity for discussion, review and analysis of topics or issues associated with patent, technology/trade secret, software/copyright and trademark licensing; cross and joint licensing; licensing for income or other business value; industry and market trends; best practices; agreements and agreement provisions; impact or relevance of bankruptcy, anti-trust, standards, and compulsory licensing.

As Secretary, Smith will prepare an agenda for each month’s meeting and plan monthly programs and assist with preparation for the Annual Meeting.

Smith concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation. In addition to litigation, Smith is involved with the preparation of invalidity and infringement opinions and licensing disputes.

The IPO Association 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. Established in 1972, the organization is composed of about 200 companies and more than 12,000 individuals.