08 Aug 2023
Lecturer Christal Sheppard has accepted a position on the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)'s Board of Directors for a 3-year term beginning in October 2023. Sheppard is currently the committee chair of the AIPLA Legislation Committee, which assists the Association's advocacy efforts by developing in-depth proposals and ensuring thoughtful and timely responses to proposed legislation.
Sheppard has over two decades of Science and Intellectual Property Law and Policy work experience including as a practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner, the United States International Trade Commission, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and internships with Judge Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy also includes her tenure as Chief Counsel on Patents and Trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in over 60 years.