The Intellectual Property Advisory Council is a body of experts from around the world that assists Akron Law students and the law school via advice and guidance.

The Council is comprised of nearly three dozen IP professionals seeking to advance our IP curriculum and programming, foster relationships with businesses, law firms, and governments, and assist students with career planning.

Council members based in: Ohio, Washington D.C., California, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Illinois, Canada, and South Korea.

Intellectual Property Advisory Council Members

Toni Polson Ashton
Sim & McBurney/
Sim Lowman Ashton & McKay

Alicia M. Choi

A. John Demarco
Haynes & Boone, LLP

Michael R. Dzwonczyk
Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Stephanie J. Felicetty
BP America Inc.

Michael A. Grow
Arent Fox LLP

Charles Hauff
Snell & Wilmer, LLP

John Hornickel
Polyone Corp.

Chid S. Iyer
Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Young Kim
Emeritus Member
Kim & Chang - Seoul, South Korea

D. Randall King
Merchant & Gould P.C.

Jeannette L. Knudsen
The J.M. Smucker Company

The Honorable Paul R. Michel
Chief Judge, retired
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Ralph Oman
Register of Copyright, retired
GW University Law School

Senator Tom Sawyer
The Ohio Senate

Michael D. Stovsky
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Joyce A. Ward
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Wayne Watkins
The University of Akron Technology Transfer Office

Harold Wegner
Foley & Lardner, LLP, retired

Jon Wood
Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.

The Honorable Alice Batchelder
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Noel M. Cook
Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, P.C.

Kevin M. Dunn
The Lincoln Electric Company

Roger D. Emerson
Emerson Thomson & Bennett, LLC

Richard J. Gilbey
Gilbey Legal - Societe d'avocats au Barreau de Paris

The Honorable James S. Gwin
United States District Court for the
Northern District of Ohio

Bruce J. Hendricks
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Mark Inzetta

John A. Kastelic
Eaton Corporation

The Honorable Robert L. Kinder
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Dr. Peter Klusmann
Hoffmann Eitle - Munich, Germany

Charles B. Lyon
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Scott M. Oldham
Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

Jerry Rosenthal
Emeritus Member

Rochelle K. Seide
RKS Consulting

John M. Vasuta
Bridgestone Firestone

Philip Warrick
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

W. Mack Weber
Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Jim Weinberg
Ulmer & Berne LLP

Daniel Whitman
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Ronald P. Yaist
Emeritus Member