American Continental Group Expands Intellectual Property Government Relations Team

American Continental Group Expands Intellectual Property Government Relations Team

Dana Colarulli, intellectual property policy professional, Executive Director of Licensing Executives Society International, and former Director of Government Affairs for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, joins the firm as partner.

For Immediate Release:   Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Contact: Shawn Smeallie (202)327-8100;

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – American Continental Group (ACG), a leading bipartisan government relations firm, today announces a significant addition to its recognized intellectual property policy team: Dana Robert Colarulli, a prominent intellectual property policy professional who serves as Executive Director of Licensing Executives Society International and previously served three Directors of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as Director of Government Affairs, has joined the firm as partner.

“We are thrilled to add Dana to our already renowned IP policy team,” said Manus Cooney, one of ACG’s managing partners, “Dana has an excellent reputation and a range of expertise that will add a tremendous value to our firm and clients.” Chris Israel, another senior partner, highlighted that, “Dana has been intimately involved in every major IP policy development over the past decade and knows the issues inside and out.  He’s also built substantive and trusted relationships with policy makers on both sides of the aisle.  We are very excited to add his ability and background to the ACG team.”

During the course of his career, Dana has served as an attorney and senior government affairs professional in various roles, engaging with the private sector, the Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress.  He has advised corporate executives and government officials, managed diverse teams that have led to the enactment of major intellectual property legislation, built coalitions to support policy and operational priorities, and proactively implemented strategic outreach and communications plans.

In this new role, Dana will continue serving as the Executive Director of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), an umbrella organization of 33 national and regional associations for professionals licensing intellectual property throughout the world.  Prior to his nearly 10 years at the USPTO, Dana served as Director of Government Relations and Legislative Counsel for the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).  He has also worked in a DC-based Law Firm, at the U.S. Small Business Administration and in the Senate. 

“It was an honor for me to serve at the USPTO and to work with its talented and dedicated professionals, and three Directors, across two Administrations,” said Dana. “I’m delighted to join such a highly regarded bipartisan team of experts and advocates.  I look forward to leveraging my experience, skills, and understanding of federal IP policy and the legislative and administrative process that supports its development to serve our clients’ important goals.”