|Obituary forLeonard B. MACKEY
Award of Merit
† April 3, 2002
Our friend and colleague. Leonard B. Mackey passed away suddenly on April 3, 2002.
Len was deeply involved in the work of AIPPI. He was a member of the Executive Committee of AIPPI-US (formerly International Intellectual Property Association) for many years and was a member of the Committee at the time of his death. He served as a Vice President of AIPPI-US concluding his term in 2001. In addition to his work with the US Group of AIPPI, Len was active with the International Organization, as a member of the committee monitoring the impact of the revisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on the international protection of intellectual property (Q94-GATT). He was awarded the AIPPI Award of Merit at the Centenary of AIPPI held in Vienna in 1997.
Len served the intellectual property community tirelessly for more that five decades. Not only did he serve as President of the AIPLA (1982 to 1983), but he also served as President of the Licensing Executive’s Society (LES/USA/Canada) from 1978 to 1979 and was an active member of the American Bar Association and the New York Patent Law Association. Len also served as City Councilman of the Rye, New York, and as Secretary of the Rye City Republican Committee.
Born in 1925, Len earned a BEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a JD from the George Washington University. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 and form 1952 to 1953, where he was an electronics engineer and reached the rank of Lieutenant. He served as an electrical engineering instructor at RPI (1946 to 1947) and as an examiner in the Patent Office from 1947 to 1950. Len was a patent and licensing counsel at General Electric before becoming Vice President, General Patent Counsel and Director of Licensing for ITT. He retired after an illustrious career at ITT, after which Len and his wife, Britta, retired to Florida.
Len’s professional accomplishments evidence a commitment to excellence and a dedication to serving the profession. He was a frequent expert speaker at countless seminars and conferences both here and abroad.
The AIPPI extends its deepest sympathies to Britta, and to Len’s family.
US National Group of AIPPI