For the EIP monthly professional highlight, we are happy to announce that our spotlight for May 2018 will feature Lisa K. Jorgenson. Jorgenson received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology from Saint Mary’s College, and her Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University. In 1987, Jorgenson also received her JD with Distinction from The John Marshall Law School. She is not only admitted to practice in the State of Texas and before multiple federal courts, but she is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

In November of 2014, Jorgenson began serving as the new Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is known for her deep knowledge of domestic and international IP concerns, her extensive experience and understanding of IP organizations and their role in shaping IP policy, and is very well respected in the IP community. Before her appointment as Executive Director, Jorgenson held several positions as an AIPLA member, including leading out committees and serving on the Board of Directors from 2005 – 2008.

She has also served as the Treasurer for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.

Jorgenson most recently served as the Group Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing at STMicroelectronics, based near Dallas, Texas, where she led a multinational IP team responsible for all forms of IP protection in the semiconductor industry.

Which such an extensive background, it is a wonder how she manages to remain focused on whatever task is before. She is definitely a role model for not just women, but for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in IP to stay focused on what you want to do and be ready to put in a lot of work until you get to the finish line. Thank you, Lisa Jorgenson for what you have done, are doing, and will continue to do for the intellectual property community, both domestically and abroad. EverydayIP salutes you.