David J. Koris, JD '83
UNH School of Law Board of Trustees
General Counsel, Shell International B.V., The Hague, Netherlands
David J. Koris has been an IP counsel for the last 28 years with broad experience in all phases of IP practice. Currently serving as the general counsel, head of IP for Shell International B.V. in The Hague, Koris is responsible for protecting the brand as well as all aspects of technology protection and IP asset management. In addition to managing the IP organization, Koris is a partner in the technology planning team with responsibilities for leading Shell’s businesses in the creation, development and management of IP strategies that optimize the value of IP assets for the varied technologies and business objectives of the organization.
Koris began his career in a law firm in Washington, DC, where he developed experience in IP practice and ITC litigation. In the following years, Koris held several executive positions leading the IP efforts of a number of multinational companies including GE’s Advanced Materials Business, Tyco Worldwide Services, Kendall Company and GTE – Precision Materials Business. Koris is the chairman of the IP section of the International Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and he serves in the capacity of director for a number of Shell companies. Koris has been an advocate for the development of strong national IP systems before the WIPO and governmental bodies such as the Russian Senate and the Russian Chamber of Commerce.
Koris has been a speaker at a number of conferences presenting on the role of IP asset management, the role of IP strategy in promoting sustainable development, the value of IP in M&A practice as well as various issues relating to trademarks and copyrights.
Koris was born in the U.S.A. and spent his early years living in The Netherlands, Italy and England before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Koris is married with three children.