George R. CLARK
Member of Honor
† January 1, 2014
International intellectual property protection lost a resolute advocate and the profession lost an esteemed member with the passing of George Raymond Clark III on January 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
George was President of the U.S. Group of AIPPI from 1971 to 1977. During that time, the U.S. Group hosted the XXIX Congress of AIPPI in San Francisco, California, USA in 1975. Preceding the San Francisco Congress, George served as President of AIPPI from 1972 to 1975.
He was elected a Member of Honor of AIPPI in 1982.
George was deeply involved in the drafting of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in the late 1960’s. In 1970, he served as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the Negotiations on the Patent Cooperation Treaty held in Washington, D.C., USA. Those negotiations led to the final adoption of the Treaty in that year. In 1973, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to Vienna, Austria negotiating the Trademark Registration Treaty.
Besides his international accomplishments, George was also active for many years in the development of U.S. intellectual property law and practice. During 1968-1969, he held the office of Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. George graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in chemistry. He received his law degree from DePaul University Law School in Chicago.
Following service in World War II as a U.S. Army Captain in the North African and Pacific theaters and after completing his university work, George entered the profession as corporate patent counsel to the Sunbeam Corporation in Chicago. After many years at Sunbeam, he established a private law office, specializing in patent litigation.
In the course of his distinguished career, George gained the highest professional respect from his colleagues. He will be especially remembered for his enduring dedication to the aims and purposes of AIPPI.