Board of Directors

American Innovators for Patent Reform is honored to have these distinguished leaders from the IP community provide strategic direction for the organization.

  • Alexander Poltorak, Founder and Chairman of AIPR. Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation and co-author of two books on patents, Essentials of Intellectual Property (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2002) and Essentials of Intellectual Property Licensing (John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., 2003). Dr. Poltorak is also managing director of IP Holdings LLC, an IP-centric merchant banking organization and idea incubator.

  • Lawrence J. Udell, Vice President of AIPR. Executive Director at Intellectual Property International, Ltd. He is an inventor and entrepreneur, a popular writer and speaker on intellectual property issues, and founder of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Mr. Udell created over 30 successful new ventures in the past 50 years based on inventions.

  • Pat Choate, prominent economist, best-selling author and noted intellectual property expert. He is director of the Manufacturing Policy Project, a Washington, DC-based policy institute, and is the author of eight books. Dr. Choate was Tennessee’s first Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and he co-founded the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute, a non-partisan organization that briefed Congress weekly on key economic issues.

  • Jeff Ballabon, founding Partner at B2 Strategic, a global consulting firm. He is a recognized expert in corporate communications, government affairs and intellectual property. Mr. Ballabon's career includes senior executive positions at CBS, Primedia and Court TV, and serving as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the committee that oversees the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Joseph Harbaugh is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the Nova Southeastern University Law Center. He has served in a wide range of legal education leadership positions with the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, including as a Representative in the ABA House of Delegates for 19 years. As a Fulbright Commission Specialist in Negotiation and Mediation, Professor Harbaugh conducts negotiation workshops for lawyers, business people and government officials in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Alec Schibanoff is Executive Director of AIPR, serving in that post since 2009. He also serves as Vice President of Marketing for the GPC Group of Companies that includes General Patent Corporation and IP Holdings LLC, where he is the chief marketing officer responsible for all marketing activities as well as business development, strategic planning and corporate communications. Mr. Schibanoff is the author of numerous articles including “Fast Tracking the Patent Process” that appeared in the November 2010 issue of Machine Design.