2024 Officer and Board Elections

As of Monday, February 12th, polls are open for CincyIP’s annual elections for officer and board positions!  All registered voting members should have received an electronic ballot via email. If you believe you are a voting member but have not received a ballot, please contact us at secretary@cincyip.org. Voting will remain open through Wednesday, February 14th. 

Meet the candidates for Vice PresidentSecretary, and Board of Directors below.

VICE PRESIDENT

Meredith Miller: Meredith Miller is a registered patent attorney at Stevens and Showalter LLP. Meredith’s practice focuses on patent procurement and portfolio development for inventions relating to biotechnology, chemical engineering, and mechanical devices. She started her professional career in intellectual property law as a patent agent in 2019 and began practicing as an attorney in 2020.

Meredith received a J.D. from Fordham University, an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to practicing law, Meredith was a structural biology researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, specializing in protein x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, and enzyme kinetics. Through this research, she has been published in Nature and Cell Reports.

Meredith is the Vice President of the South Ohio section of the Society of Women Engineers, having previously served as President for two terms, and has presented at regional SWE conferences. Meredith also held leadership positions in multiple organizations during her time in law school and college. Meredith often presents about patent law and inventions to students, and has developed engaging presentations and activities for a variety of educational levels. In her free time, Meredith enjoys playing in a variety of recreational sports leagues, cooking, dancing, and doing trivia. Meredith is also passionate about civil rights, sustainability, and buckeye football.

Greg Wuennenberg: Greg is a patent attorney who counsels clients on intellectual property matters and provides patent preparation and prosecution services in the electrical, software, and electromechanical fields. His experience and technical knowledge spans technical domains including automotive control and power systems; autonomous driving technologies; artificial intelligence including applications of machine learning, computer software, financial, and business methods; medical diagnostic systems; and others. 

Prior to joining the firm he worked at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where he led development activities and delivery of rechargeable battery technologies and power devices. He also assisted on several patent related matters, including claim interpretation, literal infringement analysis, and freedom to practice studies. While with P&G he was honored with several recognitions, including the Duracell’s President’s Award and the R&D Innovation Award and was promoted to senior engineer.

SECRETARY

Jennifer Faigle: Jennifer is an in-house IP attorney at Lung Therapeutics. Ms. Faigle serves as legal counsel advising to all levels of an organization on broad strategic objectives. She is a goal-oriented professional with a deep belief in accountability. She has demonstrated ability to execute game-changing solutions across diverse industries using critical thinking, organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and business intelligence skills. She has exceptional relationship builder and project manager with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and great understanding of unspoken factors in negotiating needs and priorities. She is adaptable to change.

She is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and before the USPTO. Prior to graduating from law school, she earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering with a minor in bioengineering.

Carolyn Powell: Carolyn is an in-house IP attorney at Procter & Gamble. Ms. Powell focuses her talents on client counseling; patent preparation and prosecution in the chemical and mechanical arts; freedom to market assessments; IP strategy; contract counseling and negotiations; and patent portfolio management.

Greg Wuennenberg: Greg is a patent attorney who counsels clients on intellectual property matters and provides patent preparation and prosecution services in the electrical, software, and electromechanical fields. His experience and technical knowledge spans technical domains including automotive control and power systems; autonomous driving technologies; artificial intelligence including applications of machine learning, computer software, financial, and business methods; medical diagnostic systems; and others.

Prior to joining the firm he worked at The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), where he led development activities and delivery of rechargeable battery technologies and power devices. He also assisted on several patent related matters, including claim interpretation, literal infringement analysis, and freedom to practice studies. While with P&G he was honored with several recognitions, including the Duracell’s President’s Award and the R&D Innovation Award and was promoted to senior engineer.

BOARD MEMBERS

John Bieber: John Bieber is the outgoing Secretary of CINCYIP, and looks forward to continuing to serve CINCYIP as it continues to serve the IP community in Cincinnati. John is a patent attorney focusing on chemical arts at Wood Herron & Evans.

April Besl: More of a partner than a legal adviser to her clients, April focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, including trademarks, copyrights, social media, Internet law, advertising, design patents, and trade secrets. She services a large and diverse portfolio of trademarks and copyrights, domestic and worldwide, for a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs and has been recognized by WTR 1000 since 2021 and by Patexia in 2022 as a Top 1% Attorney in Trademark Prosecution.

She has experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the web and technology on their business and marketing strategies. April helps clients protect and enforce their trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property from misuse via social networking sites, search engine optimization strategies, and keywords, as well as against misuse on mobile devices and other emerging technologies. In addressing these evolving issues and technologies, she provides a direct, strategic and thoughtful approach tailored to the culture and goals of each individual client.

John Colbert: John has twenty years of dynamic law firm and corporate experience, and presently serves as in-house counsel at Givaudan. He provides in-house counseling to business managers and technical personnel on intellectual property matters including: U.S. and international patent procurement, including preparation and prosecution; manages new product clearance searches and opinions (freedom to practice and trademark clearance); protects brands in a variety of ways, including investigation and enforcement; negotiating, drafting, and evaluating complex intellectual property agreements and commercial agreements having IP provisions; and implements and manages overall intellectual property portfolio strategies. John communicates well with clients in order to enable clients to manage and drive project goals and strategies.

Ashley Nkadi: Ashley currently serves as an Associate in Frost Brown Todd’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Prior to this role, she gained experience as a Summer Associate, where she contributed to various cases in the areas of Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Entertainment. Ashley brings a skill set that extends beyond the legal realm, including her previous roles as a freelance writer, communications consultant, and social media coordinator. 

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Judges’ Dinner Featuring Judge Douglas R. Cole of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Please join us on January 18th at the Queen City Club for our annual Judges’ Dinner, featuring Judge Douglas R. Cole of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Douglas R. Cole was nominated to serve as a United States district judge for the Southern District of Ohio in May 2019 by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the Senate in December 2019. Immediately before joining the bench, Judge Cole was a founding partner at Organ Cole, a litigation boutique in Columbus, Ohio.

Judge Cole received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif, was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics, and was a member of the editorial board of the University of Chicago Law Review. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before joining Kirkland & Ellis in its Chicago office. He has served as a professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, where he taught in the fields of business law, law & economics, and intellectual property.

From 2003-2006, he was the State Solicitor for the State of Ohio. In that capacity, he argued five cases at the United States Supreme Court, and multiple cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio Supreme Court. Before joining Organ Cole, Judge Cole was a litigation partner at the Columbus office of Jones Day, where he practiced in the Issues & Appeals group and the Intellectual Property group.

Don’t miss this great opportunity for IP and non-IP attorneys alike to network and catch up with your colleagues. 

No CLE will be provided.

When: Thursday, January 18, 2024
4:30 pm – Reception/Cocktail Hour
5:30 pm – Dinner and Remarks
7:00 pm – Networking Social

Where: Queen City Club, 331 E 4th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 (downtown Cincinnati)

Registration: (includes a plated 3-course dinner and open bar with wine/beer/soda)
$75 – Non-CincyIP Members
$50 – CincyIP Members, Law Clerks & Academics
(Judges attend free of charge)

Register here by noon on January 12, 2024

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

If you had previously registered for the Judge’s Dinner when it was first announced back in October 2023, there is no need to register again. Furthermore, if you can no longer attend or no longer wish to attend the newly scheduled Judge’s Dinner, please contact John Bieber at secretary@cincyip.org.

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2024 Membership Dues Now Being Collected

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As a Member of CincyIP, you will enjoy access to discounted registration rates for our monthly CLE luncheons and for our annual Premier Conferences.  You will also receive our CincyIP newsletter!

Annual membership dues are an essential element of the budget that enable CincyIP to operate throughout the year and host CLE events of premium quality.  They help to bridge the gap between the programming costs that we incur and registration fees paid by attendees, and they ultimately allow us to provide you with engaging and educational events worthy of your valuable time and attention.

Our membership categories are as follows:

Active-Professional: $85 ($75 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
The majority of our Members are legal practitioners in private practice or corporate environments and fall within the “Active-Professional” category.

Active-Academic: $55 ($45 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
We recognize that law professors and similar academics may not receive reimbursement for their registration fees through their employer, and thus we reserve a discounted “Active-Academic” category for these individuals.

Associate-Professional: $55 ($45 EARLY BIRD THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2024)
This category encompasses non-lawyer individuals such as interested business persons, patent agents, paralegals, legal assistants, etc.

Honorary/Student: $5
This category encompasses Judges, other distinguished persons, and students.  Please note that this category of membership does not carry voting rights.

If you have questions regarding which category of membership you qualify for, please contact us at president@cincyip.org.

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