August 19, 2014 – Dallas-based executive search firm TNS Partners has launched a new specialty practice focused on senior intellectual property executives. Managing partner John K. Semyan will lead the practice. “The role of Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) has evolved well beyond just a focus on the legal and licensing aspects of patents. As a result, today’s CIPO requires a much broader set of skills and experience in order to provide the strategic leadership for this important corporate function,” said Mr. Semyan, who is also the firm’s leader for its information technology services and CIO practices. TNS Partners is a 20-year old executive search firm with a client list that ranges from startups to the Fortune 50.