Profile: Timothy Trainer

(Bar Member: Ohio and the District of Columbia)

Mr. Trainer established the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C. (GIPSC), in March 2005.  Since founding GIPSC, he has counseled clients on obtaining commercial trademark licenses from the Department of Defense, provided advice regarding Customs IPR enforcement in foreign jurisdictions, represented clients regarding trademark registration, counseled clients and assisted in drafting proposed changes to intellectual property-related federal legislation, and monitored general intellectual property policies and developments for clients.  Mr. Trainer has also been engaged by entities involved in US AID, US TDA and World Bank projects to prepare and deliver intellectual property enforcement (customs) training in various countries, including Armenia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.  He has also been invited by US Embassies in Belize, Chile, and Philippines to explain the role of intellectual property in business and economic development.   

Before establishing GIPSC, he was the president of the Washington, D.C.-based International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a position he held from September 1999 to March 2005.  He managed the IACC’s day-to-day operations, including its domestic and international programs.  As its president, Mr. Trainer participated in intellectual property (IP) initiatives in Eastern Europe (Co-Chair of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s IP Advisory Group from September 2001 to March 2005) and INTERPOL’s IP Crime Action Group.  He has spoken at conferences and participated in IP training programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America.  He has testified on Capitol Hill on several occasions before various congressional committees and has promoted IP enforcement issues on television and radio as well as in the print media.

At the IACC, Mr. Trainer developed training and educational tools and programs.  He developed an enforcement-based CD-ROM that integrates both text and video materials.

Prior to joining the IACC, Mr. Trainer was an attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Office of Legislative and International Affairs for over three and half years.  At the PTO, he worked primarily on IP enforcement and trademark issues, including domain names.  He regularly represented the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), provided IP technical support to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in bilateral consultations and supported other U.S. Government agencies regarding IP issues generally and IP enforcement in particular.  He also developed and coordinated IP enforcement programs for WIPO, the U.S. Department of Commerce and other U.S. agencies.

He has also worked in the Intellectual Property Rights Branch of the U.S. Customs Service (now U.S. Customs & Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security).  At Customs, he oversaw the development of the Customs nationwide IP database of copyright and trademark recordations to assist Customs’ enforcement efforts, wrote administrative rulings on the issue of infringement, drafted directives and regulations, and participated in bilateral IP negotiations as part of inter-agency delegations.  He has also practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of the firm, Arter & Hadden.

In 2007, Mr. Trainer launched a separate enterprise, Galaxy Systems, Inc., which has the mission of developing online interactive intellectual property awareness tools.  The intent is to inject a new approach to intellectual property education by making the learning experience less legal and more fun.  BIZWIZ is available and accessible by self-registration at  

Mr. Trainer has written numerous articles on IPR issues that have appeared in Bloomberg BNA World Intellectual Property Report, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Copyright World, Trademark World, Trademark Reporter, AIPLA Quarterly Journal, Federal Circuit Bar Journal, Managing Intellectual Property, and China Business Review. 

The first edition of his book, Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Across Borders, was published by Thomson West in August 2006 and has been updated annually, though the title has changed to Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.  After 15 years, the 2020 edition was the last edition of the Customs IPR Enforcement book.  In addition to the Customs book, in May 2015, his book entitled Potato Chips to Computer Chips: The War on Fake Stuff (Shortchanging IPR's Benefits to Economic Growth and Development?) was published by Thomson Rueters' Aspatore Books. 

His earlier book on border measures, Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property, was published by Oceana Publications in January 2000.  International Intellectual Property Enforcement: SOP (Standards, Observations and Perceptions) was published by the IACC in 2002.  He was a contributing author for Intellectual Property and Information Wealth, Praeger Publishers, Volume 4 (Edited by Peter Yu, 2007) and Famous and Well-Known Marks, published by the International Trademark Association (Edited by Frederick Mostert, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011).

Mr. Trainer received his law degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, in 1986.  He also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to his graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, he studied at Keio University’s International Center in Tokyo in 1978-79.  His Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science was earned at Kent State University in 1978.

Mr. Trainer has taught as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law (2005-2012) and has also taught at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  In addition to law school courses, he has also taught as a adjunct at Kent State University (Ohio) for a course on "Management of Innovation" in 2012. 

Mr. Trainer served as a cleared advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the industry trade advisory committee on intellectual property rights from 2000 till 2020.  He chaired the committee from 2014 to 2018.