Knobbe Martens Partner John Carson Elected to Board of AIPPI-US; Heads First Ever AIPLA Delegation to Asia Pacific

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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP partner John M. Carson was elected to the Steering Committee of the U.S. Group of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).  His election was at the annual meeting held in Washington, D.C. last October and he will serve a two-year term.  Last year AIPPI-US merged with the American international Property Law Association (AIPLA) and became a Division of that association whereupon the Steering Committee was tasked with managing the Division’s operations.

Mr. Carson, also a founder and chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee (APC), led the committee’s first ever delegation to visit its counterpart AIPPI National Groups in Japan, Korea and China. This trip was the first ever such event by AIPPI-US. Delegates gave speeches on various U.S. IP topics including Developments in Chemical and Biotechnology Law, Standard Essential Patents and the ITC, Selected Issues in Post-Grant Trails, Global Patent Litigation Statistics and Forum Shopping and Recent Trends Regarding Patent Litigations Involving Non-Practicing Entities. Presentations are available to AIPPI-US and AIPLA members on the AIPPI-US Division portion of the AIPLA website.

The AIPPI-US APC strives to cultivate bilateral relationships with the Asia Pacific legal community by collaborating with their regional AIPPI peers in the Asia Pacific region (initially focusing on the development of relationships with Korea, China and Japan) and educate AIPPI members in each jurisdiction on the laws, legal practices and trends of the U.S. The APC also coordinates member delegations to travel to sister countries for seminars and meetings and hosts visits by sister association delegations.

AIPPI is the world’s leading non-government organization for research into, and formulation of policy for law relating to the protection of intellectual property. The organization, which was established in 1987, currently has nearly 9,000 members, representing more than 100 countries. The AIPPI has adopted more than 700 internationally acknowledged resolutions and reports since its inception.

Mr. Carson is the lead U.S. IP counsel for the world’s largest independent nanotechnology institute and the world’s largest flat panel display manufacturer. With over 25 years of IP law experience, his practice involves representation of clients in the acquisition, protection and exploitation of IP rights, and particularly, patent portfolio management that maximizes value in complex IP environments.  His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses as well as publicly traded companies and emerging and venture capital financed companies. His practice is international in scope with an emphasis on European and Asian IP markets.  

With over 275 lawyers and scientists nationwide, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property law including litigation. Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms worldwide, Knobbe Martens serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Knobbe Martens also has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington, D.C. More information about the firm can be found at

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