Mercedes K. Meyer ’88 was inducted as secretary of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) on Oct. 27 and will serve a one-year post. Meyer is a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property practice group.
Meyer focuses her extensive practice on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution. Immediately prior to her appointment as AIPLA secretary, Meyer was a member of AIPLA's Board of Directors for three years. She has been active in the organization since 2003, when she was vice chair of the Women in IP Committee.
She earned her Ph.D. in virology from The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Houston in 1994, and co-authored a book, Patent Ethics: Prosecution, with David Hricik in 2009. She earned her juris doctor from the University of Houston, and her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.
Formed in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. In addition to its goals to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property, and to provide legal education to the public, AIPLA is actively involved in shaping U.S. intellectual property policy through its work on legislation, federal regulations, and intellectual property cases in the U.S. courts, and helps harmonize intellectual property laws internationally.