Global Intellectual Property Center

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David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann, President and CEO

David Hirschmann serves as president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). The GIPC works to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress. He oversees the Center’s work in communicating the value of IP, building support for IP protection in the United States, growing alliances to promote IP in international markets, and improving enforcement.

Hirschmann also serves as president and CEO of the Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) where he leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to promoting a modern and effective regulatory structure that fosters robust and diverse sources of capital, investment, liquidity, and risk management for our nation’s job creators.

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Mark Elliot, Executive Vice President

Mark Elliot, Executive Vice President

Mark Elliot is executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). In this capacity, Elliot provides strategic leadership to GIPC’s comprehensive initiative to protect the intellectual property rights that are vital to creating jobs, growing the economy, and enhancing U.S. competitiveness.

Elliot joins GIPC after nine years at Pfizer Inc., where he most recently developed and implemented public affairs strategies across the developed world as senior director for International Public Affairs. Before moving to New York in 2009, Elliot, a native Australian, served on the Pfizer Australia and New Zealand leadership team and led the public affairs team. In this position, Elliot contributed to Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme Reform negotiations and implementation, Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and various other national initiatives that impacted Australia’s pharmaceutical industry.

Kelly Anderson, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Kelly Anderson, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Anderson_KellyKelly Anderson serves as senior manager of international intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center. Concentrating on the Americas, Anderson works to advance intellectual property systems abroad and advocate for innovators rights internationally.

Emily Bohling, Manager, Programs and Operations

Emily Bohling, Manager, Programs and Operations

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Emily Bohling is manager of programs and operations at the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). Bohling manages the day-to-day functions to ensure that the department runs smoothly, including planning and executing GIPC Leadership Board meetings and GIPC events; overseeing Leadership Board membership lists and communications; coordinating budgets, contracts, and invoices; planning and scheduling meetings; and serving as liaison between the Fundraising Department and GIPC.

Kasie Brill, Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Kasie Brill, Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Staff PhotosKasie Brill is the Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) and the Executive Director of the Global Brand Council. Kasie advocates for the protection of IP rights both online and in physical markets with a special focus on designing public policy solutions to combat counterfeit goods.

Frank Cullen Jr., Executive Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Frank Cullen Jr., Executive Director of U.S. Intellectual Property Policy

Frank W. Cullen Jr. is executive director of U.S. intellectual property (IP) policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center. Cullen directs the center’s domestic programs in promoting and protecting IP rights in both the online and physical markets. He guides the efforts to advance IP enforcement and deter trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director of International Intellectual Property

Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director of International Intellectual Property

Patrick Kilbride is executive director of international intellectual property for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He oversees the center’s multilateral and international programs promoting the protection and enforcement of IP rights, managing a team of country and regional experts. Previously, Kilbride was the Chamber’s policy lead for the Americas.

Andrew Kovalcin, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Andrew Kovalcin, Senior Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Andrew Kovalcin is the senior director of stakeholder advocacy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He brings a diverse set of skills and experience from his work in managing coalitions, building strategic alliances, and designing and implementing issue advocacy campaigns. Kovalcin leads and manages one of GIPC’s top initiatives, which is to build national and state strategic alliances. His work includes identifying new and creative approaches to delivering intellectual property (IP) messages to various audiences around the country and ensuring that these messages echo back to Capitol Hill and the Administration. He has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to promote the importance of IP to jobs, the economy, and American competitiveness.

Kovalcin has extensive experience engaging third-party voices, grassroots, and academics in educating state and federal policymakers on telecommunications, health care, and IP issues.

Ashley Mergen, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Ashley Mergen, Senior Manager of International Intellectual Property

Staff PhotosAshley Mergen is senior manager of international intellectual property (IP) at the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). She leads GIPC’s advocacy efforts in multilateral organizations, in addition to implementing special projects which advance IP policy in international trade agreements, global rule setting, and throughout Europe.

Jared Parks, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Jared Parks, Director of Advocacy and External Affairs

Staff PhotosJared Parks is the director of Advocacy and External Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing integrated strategies to promote the importance of intellectual property (IP) both at the state level and inside the Beltway. To this end, Parks engages third party advocacy groups, state and local chambers of commerce, grassroots organizations grasstops leaders, academics, and business/industry IP stakeholders to form strategic partnerships to raise the profile of IP and promote its importance to jobs, economic growth, and competiveness. He also ensures that these messages are heard on Capitol Hill and within the Administration.

Ellen Szymanski, Senior Director of International Intellectual Property

Ellen Szymanski, Senior Director of International Intellectual Property

Ellen Szymanski is senior director of international intellectual property for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Concentrating on China and the Americas, Szymanski’s work at GIPC is dedicated to advancing intellectual property systems to incentivize creations and breakthroughs that benefit the global consumer.

Laura Crist, Director of Strategy and Communications

Laura Crist, Director of Strategy and Communications

Laura Crist is director of strategy and communications for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Crist leads GIPC’s strategic communications and day-to-day media outreach and works to increase the visibility of the Chamber, GIPC and the intellectual property policy agenda. Before joining the Chamber, Crist spent more than seven […]