Herb Wamsley has been a mainstay and leader of the patent law bar for many decades — including 32 years leading Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and previously as chief of staff to the Patent & Trademark Office Director. I have tremendous respect for Herb and the organization he has built. Although I often don’t fully agree with the IPO positions, Herb has always been honest and open and ready to talk through the pros and cons of any issue.
Herb Wamsley has announced his retirement from the IPO and I want to congratulate Herb on such a successful career that has touched so many of us.
The IPO has also announced its new search for an executive director of the agency. I wonder if they can woo away the current PTO Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes. According to the announcement: “Candidates should be skilled in IP law and practice, government affairs, communications, consensus-building, management and organization. To view the job announcement including duties and skill set click here.”