Members of the Intellectual Property Institute’s Board of Advisors draw on their experience and education and give of their time, financial support, and expertise for the benefit of the Intellectual Property Institute and the Minnesota IP community. The Board assists in framing the basic direction of the IP Institute and works with the Dean, Director of the IP Institute, faculty and staff to shape the goals of the program.
Carolyn Bates ’76, General Counsel, Cima NanoTech
Brian Batzli ’85, Managing Director and CEO, Merchant & Gould
Paul W. Busse, Partner, Kagan Binder
Alan G. Carlson Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh, Lindquist & Schuman, P.A.
Jeff Chelstrom ’03, Partner, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
Daniel Enebo ’97, Chief IP Counsel and Vice President (as of June 1, 2011), Cargill
David J.F. Gross, Head, IP Litigation, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Michael J. Jaro, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel, Medtronic
Steven W. Lundberg ’82, Chair, Founding Partner, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner
James H. Patterson, Founding Partner, Patterson, Thuente IP
Kevin H. Rhodes, Chairman, Board of Advisors President, Chief IP Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company
Sandra Epp Ryan ’94, Special Counsel, Trademark Group, Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, P.C.
Michael D. Schumann ’79, Managing Director, Hamre, Schumann, Mueller, & Larson
Ron Schutz, Chair, IP Litigation & Licensing Group, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
Michael L. Schwegman ’72, Founding Partner, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner
Andrew D. Sorensen ’89, Former Chief Patent Counsel, Ecolab
Judge Becky R. Thorson ’95
Magistrate Judge, District of Minnesota
Min (Amy) S. Xu ’97 Chief Patent and Technology Counsel, Alibaba Group Holding Limited
James Chiapetta, Senior Patent Counsel, Boston Scientific
Mark Stignani ’93, Of Counsel, Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner