Innovator in Residence: Gary Griswold

Innovators in Residence

Gary L. Griswold

Innovator in Residence, IP Advocacy and Stewardship Project

Gary Griswold headshotGary L. Griswold is a Consultant in IP policy, strategy and management and Chair of the Board of the Iowa State University Research Foundation. He was the President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Innovative Properties Company or Staff Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of 3M Company from 1990 to 2008 and was Chair of The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform from its inception through 2011.

Mr. Griswold has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University, a MS in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, and a J.D. with honor from the University of Maryland. He practiced intellectual property law at 3M and E. I. dupont de Nemours and Co. for over 34 years. For a 6-year period, Mr. Griswold managed the Dental Products Division of 3M. He is a past President of the Intellectual Property Owners, Inc., the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, and is a Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a former member of the Council of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He was Chair of the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, a member of the Board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, a member of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Industry Functional Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights for Trade Policy Matters and an alternate member of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Advisory Commission on Patent Law Reform, 1991-1992.

Mr. Griswold received the IPO Outstanding Association Service Award in 2008, the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering Award from Iowa State University in 2011 and the “Managing Intellectual Property” Outstanding Achievement in IP Award in 2011. He was named an inaugural member of the Alumni Hall of Fame of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of Iowa State University in 2013, was inducted into the IAM IP Hall of Fame in 2014, received the AIPLA Excellence Award in 2018 and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Iowa State University in 2019.