George W. Jordan III (Houston) has been elected Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) for 2019-2020 association year and is the first-ever African-American to chair this section in its 125-year history. In this role, Jordan will lead the 17,000-member section, which focuses on advancing the development and improvement of intellectual property laws and their fair and just administration.
Jordan has held several notable section positions over the years, including Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, Membership Officer, Publications Officer, Content Advisory Board Chair, Diversity Steering Committee Chair and Computer Programs Committee Co-Chair. Outside the IP section, he has also served in the ABA as a Texas Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates and as a member of the Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight.
Jordan specializes in patent litigation and investigations with an emphasis on wireless, mobile and e-commerce technologies, as well as licensing and due diligence in all areas of intellectual property law.
The 17,000-member ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider intellectual property laws, regulations and proposed legislation. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.
With more than 400,000 members, the ABA is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.