About IPO
Education Foundation


To promote an understanding and respect of intellectual property and its value to society.


The organization envisions a world that appreciates intellectual property drives innovation and creativity.

Strategic Framework

Strategic Priorities

1. Educate the public on the importance of IP to society.
2. Celebrate those who promote and represent IP excellence and understanding.
3. Educate the next generation on the value of IP so that they respect and foster our IP systems.

IPO Education Foundation
Board of Directors

Manny Schecter – IBM Corp.


Robert DeBerardine – Johnson & Johnson



Marc S. Adler – Marc Adler LLC

Scott Barker – Micron Technology, Inc.

John Cheek – DRiV Inc.

Karen Cochran – Shell Oil Company

Buck de Wolf – General Electric Co.

Bart Eppenauer – Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.

Yen Florczak – 3M Innovative Properties Co.

Louis Foreman – Enventys

Darryl Frickey – Dow Chemical Co.

Henry Hadad – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Jim Hallenbeck – Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

David Kappos – Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Mercedes Meyer – Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Hon. Paul R. Michel – US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (retired)

Gary Karlin Michelson, M.D. – Michelson Medical Research Foundation

Phyllis Turner-Brim – Starbucks Coffee Company

Jon D. Wood – Harding University

Ariana Woods – Capital One

Peter Yennadhiou – HP Inc.