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Colm J. Dobbyn

MasterCard Worldwide / Law Department
Group Executive, Associate General Counsel
Purchase, NY, USA


Colm Dobbyn is currently Group Executive and Associate General Counsel at MasterCard Worldwide in Purchase, New York. In his current position, Colm has global responsibility for intellectual property and technology legal matters for MasterCard. He oversees a team that handles trademarks, patents, copyrights, licensing and technology transfers on a worldwide basis.

Colm joined MasterCard in 1995 as Vice President and Senior Counsel. Prior to his employment with MasterCard, Colm was previously Senior Counsel with PepsiCo, Inc., where he had responsibility for trademark and related intellectual property matters for PepsiCo’s beverage divisions. Colm previously was associated with the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Morgan & Finnegan.

Colm has been recognized by a number of industry awards and honors. In May 2010, the MasterCard IP group received the “Financial & Professional Services Team of the Year” award at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting. Colm will be receiving the “Paul A. Welter Award for Excellence in Trademark Law” at the INTA Mid-Year Meeting on November 11, 2010.

Colm is a graduate of Fordham University Law School in New York City. He has an undergraduate degree in the sciences from Bennington College. Colm is a member of the New York and patent bars. He is also a member of the ABA and American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA), and is a past president of the Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of ACCA (WESFACCA).

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