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Marian Underweiser, PhD

Intellectual Property Executive (Retired)

Dr. Underweiser’s decades-long career in Intellectual Property Law spans a broad variety of leadership positions and technology areas.  She oversaw the intellectual property operations of IBM’s world-renowned research division,  leading a team of legal professionals charged with the procurement of patents, the development and implementation of intellectual property policies and the negotiation of commercial transactions in support of the global research organization. Prior to assuming that role, Marian was IBM’s Senior Counsel for IP Law Policy and Strategy, formulating policy on a broad spectrum of IP matters and developing and deploying IBM’s patent portfolio strategy.  Most recently, Marian was Managing IP Counsel at Waymo, where she provided IP support for clients working on aspects of self-driving technology.

Recent Articles by Marian Underweiser, PhD

The PTAB Reform Act Will Make the PTAB’s Problems Worse

Recently, we submitted comments for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee in response to its June 22 hearing on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), titled: “The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Examining Proposals to Address Predictability, Certainty and Fairness.” The hearing focused on Senator Leahy’s PTAB Reform Act, which among other changes, would eliminate the discretion of the Director to deny institution of an inter partes review (IPR) petition based on an earlier filed district court litigation involving the same patents, parties and issues. Here is the net of what we told them: