"So who did the Obama administration schedule to meet with the Congressional staff? The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA, now headed by former US official Alicia Greenidge); and law firm Sidley Austin, which also represented the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at the meeting. Finally, they attended a roundtable on "How to Shape a Positive Agenda on IP" with General Electric (GE), Business Software Alliance (BSA) and IFPMA. GE was represented by Thaddeus Burns, senior corporate counsel and former US IP attaché in Geneva, BSA by Francisco Mingorance, director of public policy Europe, and IFPMA by Greenidge. People at the USPTO have been telling me that Obama will be continuing the George Bush policies on intellectual property rights. So far, it is hard to argue otherwise."