Chronology of Activities

Future Activities


  • May:  14th Annual Edition of Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights published by Thomson Reuters - West International Series
  • June: Speaker, USPTO's Forum on Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies
  • June: Speaker, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School's WIPO-CPIP Summer School on IP


  • Reappointment as cleared advisor to USTR/Commerce Department IPR Industry-Trade Advisory Committee
  • Publication, 2018 Edition of Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Enforcement (June)
  • Panelist, USPTO: "Selling IPR" for US State Department Foreign Service Officers (July)
  • Publication: Special 301: A Review and Suggestions for the Future, Westlaw Journal IP, Vol. 25, No. 7 (July)
  • Co-Presenter, ASIPI Webinar on Anti-Counterfeiting & IPR Border Enforcement (October)
  • Co-Presenter, Lawline Webinar on Anti-Counterfeiting & IPR Border Enforcement (October)
  • Panelist, AIPLA Annual Meeting, addressing US & EU IPR Border Enforcement (October)
  • Panelist, Richard Linn American Inn of Court, addressing US IPR Border Enforcement, Chicago (November)


  • Publication of new edition of Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (May)
  • Conducted week-long IPR Customs Enforcement Training, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (April)
  • Speaker, Economist Conference: Global Summit on Illicity Trade, Brussels, Belgium (February)


  • Speaker, AIPLA Annual Meeting, "Leveraging Information from Foreign Seizures to Protect Rights at the U.S. Border", Washington, D.C. (October)
  • Co-author 2016 Edition of Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, published by Thomson Reuters - West (May)
  • Speaker, USAID Training for Africa-based Program Managers, Washington, D.C. (January)


  • Webinar presenter, TRIPS at 20, Washington, DC (December)
  • Invited Panelist, International Law Association's International Law Weekend", New York City (November)
  • Panelist on the issue of Sovereign Patent Funds (government patent pools), Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (October)
  • Presentation on IPR's benefits to economic growth and development to trade analysts, US Dept. of Commerce, Washington, DC (September)
  • Presentation on Customs IP Enforcement for Greater Washington/DC Chapter of Licensing Executives Society (August)
  • Presentation: TRIPS Era IPR Enforcement--Casting a Big Shadow Over IPR's Benefits?, International Trade Commission, Washington, DC (July)
  • CLE Presentation at John Marshall Law School, Chicago, based on the publication of: Potato Chips to Computer Chips: The War on Fake Stuff (May)
  • Book Publication May 2015: Potato Chips to Computer Chips: The War on Fake Stuff (Shortchanging IPR's Benefits to Economic Growth and Development?) (Thomson Reuters)
  • Book Publication May 19: Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, 10th Annual Update (Thomson Reuters West)
  • Assessing IPR situation in Morocco in the post EU-Morocco trade agreement environment (Morocco) (February 2015)
  • Spring 2014, appointed to US Dept. of Commerce Industry-Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property
  • Panelist, 9th National Forum on Import Compliance & Enforcement, addressing Customs IPR Enforcement (Washington, D.C.) (June)
  • CLE Presentation: Intellectual Property, A Common Element in Trade, Development and Economic Growth (Chicago) (February)
  • Speaker, IACC Intellectual Property Seminar (Mexico City) (February)
  • Speaker, International Compliance Professionals Association Conference, addressing Customs, IPR Trends & Strategies (Orlando, FL) (March)


  • Webinar Presenter, ThomsonReuters Webinars, Customs' Role in IPR Enforcement and Recent Trends (November)
  • Panelist, American University's Washington College of Law Symposium Recent Developments in the U.S. International Trade Commission--Customs' Challenges in Enforcing ITC orders (October)
  • Webinar Speaker, "Online Counterfeiting: Combating the Exploding Worldwide Threat", Strafford Publications (October)  
  • Panelist, East Michigan District Export Council Conference on “Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace” (Troy, Michigan) (September) 
  • Joins John Marshall Law School’s Intellectual Property Advisory Board (Chicago, IL)


  • Conducted IPR workshop sessions for commercial judges and police, Zagreb, Croatia (October)
  • Panelist, ABA Conference, IP Section, Chicgao, IL (August)
  • IP Workshop presentation for Foreign Service Institute, (USPTO), Alexandria, VA (July)
  • Presentation, Global IP Academy, US Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA, US (March)
  • Guest Lecture, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York (March)
  • Speaker, First International AMPPI Conference (Asociacion Mexicana para la Proteccion de la Propiedad Intelectual), Mexico City (March) 


  • Conducted Customs IPR Training, Rep. of Georgia (Oct/Nov)
  • Speaker at the Eurasian Customs Program, Commercial Law Development Program (US Dept of Commerce), Tbilisi, Georgia (Oct)
  • Conducted a series of IPR workshops for Investigators/prosecutors and university students, Tbilisi, Rep. of Georgia (Oct)
  • Conducted IPR Awareness workshop, Global IP Academy, USPTO (July)
  • Conducted IPR Awareness programs for government officials and business sector representatives in Banja Luka & Brcko, Bosnia-Herzegovina (July)
  • Delivered 9 IPR Awareness presentations to university students and business sector representatives in Batumi, Kutaisi, Tbilisi, Rep. of Georgia (June)
  • Delivered a series of IPR Enforcement/Economic Development presentations, Lima & Piura, Peru (May)
  • Speaker, USPTO-WIPO Judges IPR Enforcement Workshop, USPTO’s Global IP Academy, Alexandria, Virginia (May)
  • Speaker, USPTO China Road Show, Alexandria, Virginia (April)
  • Panelist, ABA’s International Law Section Conference, Washington, D.C. (April)
  • Delivered a series of IPR presentations in Banja Luka, Mostar & Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (March)
  • Conducted IPR system assessment, Tbilisi, Rep. of Georgia (February)
  • Presentation delivered: IPR and links to economic development, Global IP Academy, USPTO (February) 


  • IPR Project—Presentation: Role of Government Agencies, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Nov)
  • Presentation on IPR and links to economic development, USPTO, GIPA, Arlington, VA (Nov)
  • IPR Project support, Sarajevo, Bosnia (October)
  • Conducted Customs IPR Enforcement seminars and round-table discussions in Kiev, Ukraine, for industry representatives (September)
  • Speaker, US State Dept program, IPR & Development Training in Belize and Chile (August)
  • Speaker, USPTO’s Annual Foreign Service Institute Training (July)
  • Speaker, USPTO’s Foreign Government Officials’ IPR Enforcement Training (July)
  • Speaker, USPTO Global IP Academy Program for ASEAN Government officials (June)
  • Speaker and panel moderator, CALCE/SMTA Counterfeit Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona (June)
  • Speaker, InsideCounsel 10th Annual Super Conference, Chicago (May)
  • IPR Development Project, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (May)
  • Speaker/Panelist, Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (April)
  •  IPR Development Project, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina (March) 


  • Speaker, CALCE/SMTA Symposium on Avoiding, Detecting, and Preventing Counterfeit Electronic Parts, University of Maryland (December 2009) 
  • Invited speaker at USPTO's IP Academy for foreign government officials to address IPR as a tool of economic development, USPTO, Arlington, VA (December 2009)
  • Conducted digital video IPR workshop for Bolivian law students on links between IPR and economic development at the request of the US State Dept., US Embassy, Bolivia (November 2009) 
  • Conducted IPR workshops related to Serbia's WTO accession, Belgrade, Serbia (October 2009)                             
  • Speaker at International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS) and the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Counterfeit Electronic Parts Working Group workshop: "Counterfeit Electronic Parts, Awareness, Avoidance, Detection and Mitigation", Los Angeles (October 2009)
  • Panelist, WIPO Forum on Intellectual Property For Small & Medium Enterprises, Geneva, Switzerland (Sept. 2009)
  • USPTO, Global IP Academy presentation for US Foreign Service Officers (July 2009)
  • Panelist at Global Enforcement: Fighting Counterfeiting in the US, Canada, Europe and China (Toronto, Canada) (June, 2009)
  • Conducted a series of IP Awareness Seminars & Workshops for government and business representatives, university and high school students at the invitation of the US State Dept. in Zagreb,Croatia; Pristina, Kosovo; and Skopje, Macedonia (April 2009)
  • Witness, US House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hearing on Global IP Piracy & Counterfeiting (April 2009)
  • Presenter at the Virginia Inventors Forum, Richmond, VA (April 2009)
  • Presenter, USPTO, Global IP Academy (March 2009)
  • Presenter for Asia regional program by USPTO (Hong Kong, Jan. 2009) 


  • Conducted a series of IPR enforcement workshops for Customs, Prosecutors, Judges and other government officials in Kazakhstan (Astana, Almaty, Pavlodar) (Oct. 1-17, 2008)
  • Speaker, Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Fall CLE Seminar, Williamsburg, VA (Sept. 2008)
  • Intellectual property training for US Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Institute (July 2008)
  • Provide intellectual property (IP) training to Chinese Customs officers, Shanghai Customs College (June 2008)
  • Assessment of the intellectual property system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (June 2008)
  • Speaker, Electronic Industry Supply Chain Conference, Las Vegas (May 2008)
  • Panelist, John Marshall Law School (Branding the Land), Chicago (April 2008)
  • Speaker, World Retail Congress, Barcelona (April 2008)
  • Speaker, Authentics Foundation Summit on Counterfeiting, Brussels (March 2008)
  • Presenter, USPTO Global IP Academy (March 2008)
  • Moderator, U.S. House of Representatives IP Caucus Panel on IP Enforcement (Feb. 2008) 


  • Speaker, US PTO Global IP Academy (November 2007)
  • Panelist, International IP Standards, VideoConference for Sierra Leone officials (November 2007)
  • Speaker, Ocean Tomo Conference (counterfeiting and China) Chicago (October 2007)
  • Panelist, AIPLA Conference--IP Border Measures, Washington, D.C. (October 2007)
  • Speaker, US PTO Global IP Academy (September 2007)
  • Speaker, US PTO's China Program, Kansas City (September 2007)
  • Speaker, China Customs College, Shanghai (August 2007)
  • Panelist, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, China IP--Future Obstacles (July 2007)
  • Speaker, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office-WIPO, Global IP Academy, foreign government officials delegation (June 2007)
  • Speaker, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Global IP Academy, Vietnamese judges (May 2007)
  • Speaker, American Conference Institute's Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Integrity Conference, Las Vegas (March 2007)
  • Speaker, 25th Anniversary International Legal Studies Program, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (March)
  • Panelist, US-China Business Venture Forum, Rockville, MD (January)


  • Conducted IP workshop for the USPTO's Global IP Enforcement Academy for Saudi government officials (November 2006)
  • ThomsonWest's Featured Key Author (October 2006) ("Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Across Borders" published August 2006)
  • Presented workshop on IP contributions to business/economic growth at IPQC's Anti-Counterfeiting Conference in New York City (October 2006)
  • Provided advice to government officials and business organizations and conducted IPR workshops for judges and university students in Prishtina, Kosovo (October 9-13, 2006)
  • Speaker at the APEC-USPTO IPR Enforcement Conference in Los Angeles (Sept. 26-28, 2006)
  • Invited by the US State Department, conducted a series of IP workshops in Manila for Philippine government officials, business representatives and university students (August 7-11) and in Brunei (August 14-15, 2006)
  • Speaker at the US Patent and Trademark Office's IP Enforcement program for Latin American government officials (August 2006)
  • Speaker at the US Patent and Trademark Office's China IP Enforcement program in Seattle (July 2006)
  • Testified before the US-China Economic & Security Review Commission concerning the impact of China's counterfeiting on US consumers and intellectual property owners (June 2006)
  • Speaker at USPTO's Academy on IPR Enforcement (Middle East Partnership Initiative) (June 2006)
  • Panelist at the Institute for Policy Innovation's World Intellectual Property Day event (April 2006)
  • Speaker at the US Navy OGC Conference (April 2006)
  • Speaker at US Patent and Trademark Office's China IP Program (Atlanta, GA) (Mar 2006)
  • Speaker at US Patent and Trademark Office's February 2006 Enforcement Academy held for government officials (customs, police, prosecutors and judges) from over two dozen countries. (Arlington, VA) (Feb 2006)
  • Represented clients in detailing IPR enforcement obstacles in Romania before a panel of European Commission and EU member state officials (Bucharest, Romania) (Feb 2006) 
  • Conducted 2-day IPR border enforcement workshop for Egyptian customs officers and officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Cairo, Egypt) (Feb 2006)
  • Speaker at World Research Group's conference on Building and Enforcing IP Value in China (New York, NY) (Feb 2006)
  • Panelist at Harper's Bazaar's 2nd Annual IP Summit (New York, NY) (Feb 2006)
  • Speaker at USPTO's Global IP Enforcement Academy (Arlington, VA) (Jan. 2006)


  • Speaker at the Office Products International conference  (Dallas, TX) (Oct 2005):
  • Participation in an International IPR Round-table in Cleveland OH with representatives from US State Dept, US Patent and Trademark Office, Customs and Border Protection, Ford Motor Co., and Parker Hannifan (Oct. 2005)
  • Speaker at Cleveland State University's Executive Forum (Cleveland, OH) (Oct. 2005)
  • Participation on multiple panels at the APEC/USPTO Workshop on Developing a Successful IP Enforcement Regime (Bangkok, Thailand) (Oct. 3-5, 2005)
  • IP Enforcement Seminars for Armenian Police, Customs, Judiciary, inter-ministerial government officials and private sector representatives (Yerevan, Armenia) (Aug 29-Sept. 14, 2005)
  • Speaker at the USPTO IP Enforcement Academy for foreign government officials (Arlington, VA) (August 2005)
  • Speaker at the USPTO/WIPO Academy for the Judiciary on IPR Enforcement (Arlington, VA) (July 2005)
  • Speaker at training course for State Department Foreign Service Officers (Arlington, VA) (July 2005)
  • Speaker for the State Dept.'s International Visitor's Leadership Program on Intellectual Property Protection (participants from 20 countries) (Washington, D.C.) (July 2005) 
  • Panelist at USPTO/Butzel Long IP enforcement program (Detroit) (June 2005)
  • Panelist at the American Intellectual Property Law Association conference (Philadelphia) (May 2005)
  • Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, DaNang, Hanoi), conducted week-long series of workshops on IP and economic development and enforcement.  Audiences were from private businesses, law firms, government agencies, graduate and undergraduate university students. (April 2005)
  • Speaker at the Canadian Standards Assoc/Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Conference on Counterfeiting (Toronto) (April 2005)
  • Speaker at the World Research Group's conference on China (San Francisco) (March 2005)