Founding Partner, Bruce A. Lehman, is an American attorney with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law and policy.
His public service includes serving as Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents & Trademarks, and counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives.
Currently, he is the board chairman of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, based in Washington, D.C. which he founded in December 1998. The Institute is a think tank and development organization that promotes the creation of modern intellectual property systems and the use of intellectual property rights as a mechanism for investment, technology transfer and economic development. IIPI has engaged in capacity building programs in more than 30 countries in all parts of the world.
In 2014 Mr. Lehman was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to serve on the High-Level Panel on the Feasibility of a Technology Bank for Least Developed Nations. Previously, for six years during the tenure of His Excellency Kamil Idris as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Mr. Lehman served as a member of the WIPO Policy Advisory Commission.
While Mr. Lehman has retired from the full-time practice of law he continues to advise clients on intellectual property related legislation, litigation, and policy, both domestically and internationally. He is outside counsel to both the Artists’ Rights Society of the United States and the Association of Medical Illustrators. He also serves on the Legal Advisory Council of LegalZoom, Inc. and is a member of the board of directors of the La Musica Music Festival in Sarasota, Florida.
In his capacity as the United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents & Trademarks from 1994 to 1998 he was the primary advisor to the President for all domestic and international intellectual property policy matters and supervised over 6000 employees engaged in the examination of patents and the registration of trademarks.
He was the principal advisor to the United States Trade Representative in the negotiation of the TRIPS Agreement, the intellectual property provisions of the World Trade Organization Treaty. As the leader of the U.S. delegation to WIPO’s December 1996 Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions, Mr. Lehman concluded negotiations that resulted in the adoption of two treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. These treaties form the legal basis for trade in online digital content over the Internet.
On February 7, 2006, Mr. Lehman was honored as one of 23 initial inductees to the newly created International IP Hall of fame, a project sponsored by the London-based, Intellectual Property Asset Management Magazine. In 1994 The National Law Journal named Mr. Lehman its “Lawyer of the Year.”
In 1997 public-policy magazine National Journal named him as one of the 100 most influential men and women in Washington.
In his early career as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee (1974-1983), he was the Committee’s principal legal adviser in the drafting of the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1980 Computer Software Amendments and the 1982 Amendments to the Patent Laws.
He holds both Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 The post is now known as Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office.
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Founding Partner, Susan Nilon, has a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Radio, Media Relations, Journalism, and Corporate Communications.
She is a strong business development professional who is currently a candidate for her Juris Doctor (J.D.) with a focus on Intellectual Property Law, Cyber Security, Privacy, and Civil Rights from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Susan is a political commentator who appears on PBS’s Florida This Week, BBC RADIO, and is regularly seen ABC 7’s News at 7. She is known as one of Florida’s most in-depth and observant current affairs commentator.
A former owner of WSRQ AM/FM radio, she is a proven master of adaptive change as illustrated by her leadership in turning the radio station into a sterling example of how to succeed on the air by “going local.”
Susan brings warmth, knowledge, and intelligence to every interview, speech, public appearance, and column. An unwavering resolve that everyone matters drives all of Susan’s endeavors.
She began her career as a journalist starting out in syndicated radio. Serving as an on-air personality, Susan moved over to management where she became the affiliate coordinator for Pennsylvania Radio Network. After moving to Florida, it was the presidential elections of 2008 that moved Susan back into the spotlight when she became a political columnist and radio commentator for several Florida media outlets.
In 2010, an offer to go back on the radio was made and Susan began a five-year run as the host of a political talk show on AM/FM radio. For three hours a day, she conducted over three thousand interviews, where guests, such as Secretary of State Madelynn Albright, Senator Bill Nelson, Television Host Michael Smerconish, Political Analyst James Carville, and Rep. Charlie Crist, participated in in-depth discussions that allowed her audience to understand what is shaping America.
Susan has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Temple University, PA, and a degree in English (Secondary Education) from Rowan University, NJ.
Currently, Susan is the state board Secretary , Chair of the Chapter Finance Committee, and Chair of the State/Chapter Relations Committee of the ACLU of Florida , President of the ACLU of Fl.- Sarasota Chapter and formerly on the boards of : The Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child - Sarasota, Committee of Government Relations of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, and CEO of Sarasota Tiger Bay.
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John Weinfurter provides unparalleled knowledge of Washington, DC and the intricacies of the political process.
Following a 20-year career on Capitol Hill as the Chief of Staff to the late U.S. Representative John Joseph Moakley (D-MA), where he served as the principal liaison to House Leadership through five presidential administrations and to the corporate and professional communities of Boston and Washington, he served as the President and CEO of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute (CELI). CELI is a bipartisan and bicameral educational foundation designed to acquaint Members of Congress, their staffs, and corporate executives with emerging economic issues.
During his tenure at CELI, Mr. Weinfurter administered over 200 sessions in the U.S. Senate and House and brought CEOs, foreign heads of state, parliamentary delegations, authors, economists, cabinet secretaries, and regulatory agency leadership together in forums on economic growth and productivity.
John was also Vice President of the Government Relations Division for Witt O’Brien. Before that, he was president and a principal at the Washington, DC-based lobbying firm of KSCW, Inc.
For over a decade, John has provided government relations, strategic counsel, and monitoring and analysis of policy, legislative, and regulatory issues that affect clients from a broad spectrum of market sectors including healthcare, energy, insurance, accounting and financial services, international development, technology, education, aviation, and defense.
Mr. Weinfurter is also the current President of the House Chiefs of Staff Alumni Association (HCOSAA), an Alumni-driven educational professional organization that brings together former and current House Chiefs of Staff for networking events and presentations on current events. Additionally, HCOSAA administratively assists the House Chiefs of Staff Association, the organization representing current chiefs of staff.
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