Title: Member, IP Council
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Harold C. Wegner is a partner in the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP while continuing his teaching affiliation with the George Washington University Law School, where he was director of the Intellectual Property Law Program and professor of law. Prof. Wegner regularly operates in Japan, working with the firm's Tokyo office. A member of the firm's Intellectual Property Department, Prof. Wegner crafts strategies for multinational patent enforcement and management based upon current intelligence on global intellectual property law and practice as well as a cutting edge understanding of trends in patent case law. Prof. Wegner is also a member of the Public Affairs Practice Group and the Automotive and Nanotechnology Industry Teams.
Prof. Wegner has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University and altogether has spent more than five years in Europe and Asia, including positions as Mitarbeiter at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law and Kenshuin at the Kyoto University Law Faculty. For 30 years, Prof. Wegner has been actively involved in global patent law simplification and implementation of modernized patent systems, including missions on behalf of the George Washington University, the U.S. Department of State, and various other organizations to
Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Taipei, Geneva, Munich, London, Perugia, Paris, Amsterdam, the Hague, Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Rio and San Jose (Costa Rica).
Among his several hundred writings on intellectual property law, in 2003, West published the second edition of its widely used patent casebook - Adelman, Rader, Thomas & Wegner, "Patent Law." Prof. Wegner is currently working on his third book on Japanese patent law and practice. He has been named to the latest edition of both The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers (2003) and Who's Who Legal- The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2004) - and in all previous editions of each directory.
Mr. Wegner was honored recently with the American Intellectual Property Law Association's President's Award for Outstanding Achievement for his long-time efforts in mentoring and in advancing diversity within the legal profession and the AIPLA.
Prof. Wegner holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.) and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.). He started his career as a Patent Examiner. In 1994, he merged his practice from the law firm he founded in 1980 into Foley & Lardner.