Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Rachael L. Rodman was recently appointed as a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which is dedicated to establishing organizational focus around and executing programs based on diversity and inclusion.
As one of IPO’s Management and Special Committees, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee recommends new policies to the IPO Board; promotes diversity in IPO’s programs, speaker panels, and leadership appointments; ensures other IPO committees incorporate D&I into their activities and recommendations; creates educational materials to promote D&I efforts in the IP profession; and oversees the creation and maintenance of resources groups.
In addition to this new role, Rodman serves as Vice Chair of IPO’s Women in IP Committee, a group that seeks to promote the advancement of women in IP law and to increase the diversity of IPO’s membership. She also serves as Chair of the group’s Push Forward subcommittee that promotes retaining and advancing women in the legal profession and helps members and member companies build and expand practices benefitting women in IP.
Rodman is an accomplished litigator who concentrates her practice in the area of IP litigation, and represents clients in a variety of cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret claims. She is also experienced in complex business litigation, and has litigated cases involving contract, shareholder, and non-compete disputes. Rodman guides clients to efficient resolutions that keep their businesses moving forward, and also counsels them on how to identify and protect their intellectual property.
IPO is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and serves intellectual property owners in all industries and fields of technology. Established in 1972, IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership and provides a wide array of services to members, including supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues, analyzing current IP issues, information and educational services, and disseminating information to the public on the importance of IP rights.