The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. The association advocates effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members. The IPO’s Corporate IP Management Committee reviews new tools, techniques, and approaches for the management of corporate IP portfolios, including the strategic creation of new IP assets, the extraction of value from the existing IP portfolio, and the cost-effective operation of the corporate IP function.
Pattric Rawlins is a member of the Procopio's Intellectual Property Team and served as team leader from 2007-2008. Mr. Rawlins' practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, with experience in patent litigation matters, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as intellectual property transactional matters including patent and trademark prosecution, copyright registration, trade secret protection, and licensing of software and other intellectual property assets. Mr. Rawlins also counsels clients on intellectual property management including procurement strategies and licensing programs, prepares legal opinions relating to infringement and validity of patents, and conducts due diligence inquiries related to intellectual property transactions. Mr. Rawlins’ patent prosecution practice is focused primarily in the software and communications related arts. He has particular experience with distributed software systems, operating systems, wired and wireless network communication and routing protocols, network architecture and infrastructure, and software simulation environments and control systems. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rawlins spent five years working in the software industry as a network engineer and software design engineer, gaining particular experience in heterogeneous network architecture, distributed software application design, and application interface design. Mr. Rawlins received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, with high scholarship, from Oregon State University. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from California Western School of Law. Mr. Rawlins is a board member for the 4S Ranch Little League and a member of the Steering Committee for Liam’s Fund.