University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Karl F. Jorda

Professor Emeritus

Professor Jorda was a corporate patent and trademark lawyer at Miles Laboratories (now Bayer) in Indiana, and the Chief IP Counsel at CIBA-GEIGY Corporation (now Novartis) in New York. He is a former President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the Pacific Intellectual Property Association (PIPA). Professor Jorda served as a member of the Board of Directors, Council, or Executive Committee of: the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section; the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel; Intellectual Property Owners; the International Trademark Association; and the International Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPPI United States).

Other professional activities include leading several delegations of U.S. patent counsel at Japanese Patent Office meetings, serving as consultant to Indonesian and Bulgarian Patent Offices, and participating in World Intellectual Property Organization symposiums around the world as well as conducting their annual two-week academy for officials from developing countries in 1993 and 1994.

Between 1999 and 2005 he served as the US Representative to the Confidentiality Commission (Commission on the Settlement of Disputes Relating to Confidentiality) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), located in The Hague, Holland.

Professor Jorda also served as Adjunct Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, teaching International IP Law between 1995 and 2003. In 1997 and 1998, as Co-Director of a Joint Degree Program in IP Law between Gulf Institute for International Law (GIIL) and Franklin Pierce Law Center, he taught Patent and Trade Secret Law, International IP Law and IP Licensing at GIIL in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Professor Jorda was inducted into the global Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in October 2007 for his “outstanding contribution to the development of intellectual property law and practice, thereby helping to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.” He also received the 1996 Jefferson Medal of the NJIPLA - “the United States’ highest honor in intellectual property” - for “extraordinary contributions to the U.S. intellectual property law system,” the 1989 PIPA medal for “Outstanding Contributions to International Cooperation in the Intellectual Property Field,” and the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Great Falls.

Professor Jorda directed the activities of the Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also conducted a two-day Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar in April and until 2006 he conducted the annual one-week Advanced Licensing Institute in Concord.

“With over 30 years of corporate practice in intellectual property and licensing behind me, and after heading up CIBA-GEIGY’s intellectual property operation for 26 years, the question of whether or not to take early retirement had crossed my mind. The obvious alternatives were retiring to stay retired, leaving to join a law firm as ‘of counsel,’ or staying on at CIBA-GEIGY for several more years.

But the very best alternative of them all, namely, to become an ‘academic’ and teach what I had practiced, did not occur to me at all, until Homer Blair asked me to consider replacing him as the David Rines Professor. What an interesting and challenging position this turned out to be! Two realizations made it all easier, i.e., that one can talk about something one has done for over 30 years; and that teaching - teaching inventors, R&D staffs, management, members of the Patent Department, and Examiners of the Patent Office, etc. - is an important part of running an intellectual property operation. Teaching at the Law Center is great fun; students are dedicated and committed; the faculty and staff are cooperative and supportive. In short, the Law Center is just one happy family!”