Cynthia Cannady is a founder of an international network of IP professionals dedicated to collaboration in development of new energy technology, IP*SEVA. Her clients include companies in the fields of sustainable energy, environmental technology, biotechnology and information technology. She also consults on projects for international organizations related to renewable energy and environmental technologies and development.
She is a member of the Bar of the State of California and and holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She served as the Director of the Intellectual Property and New Technologies Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland (2001-2007); Vice President of Law for Manufacturing and Development, Apple Computer, Cupertino, California (1993-1997); Partner, Litigation, Fenwick & West, Palo Alto, California (1984-1992). She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University (1990-1995). She is the author of Technology Licensing and Development Agreements (2015) and numerous articles on intellectual property and innovation.
She resides in Pasadena, California and is active in the Natural Resources Committee of the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area and the Pasadena Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the Chairperson of the Pasadena 100 Coalition, a group of organizations and individuals seeking a rapid transition to 100% carbon free energy for Pasadena Water & Power. She has served as a member of the boards of directors of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and the Pasadena Delta Foundation. She is the founder of the King Study Group, an informal group dedicated to studying the works and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.