Patent Masters Symposium

Sometimes it is important to know what is going on behind the scenes. This was the genesis of the Patent Masters Symposium.

While there are any number of conferences one can attend, there are few (if any) that offer an intimate setting where interested, thoughtful professionals can engage industry thought leaders in a wide-ranging discussion in a safe, friendly and collegial atmosphere. Patent Masters was created to fill this need.

Patent Masters is designed to be a high-level symposium for attorneys and professionals interested in an in-depth exploration of topical legal issues facing those that prosecute, litigate, license and monetize patents. Discussions will be lead by some of the top thought leaders in the industry and will cover what is happening in the Courts, on Capitol Hill, and at the USPTO.

Sessions will take place in a boardroom setting and are designed to be highly interactive and offer ample time to speak and interact with faculty and other participants. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 14 individuals in order to encourage dialogue and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for participation.

Perhaps most importantly, we will follow Chatham House Rules. This will allows for the free use of information obtained without attribution and is intended to facilitate the free and frank exchange of ideas between speakers and participants while maintaining confidentiality.

This course offers 12 credit hours of VA CLE*

* VA has reciprocity with many other states for out of state attorneys who would like to seek credit.

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This course will be held at:

700 12th Street NW

Washington, DC


Chief Judge Paul Michel


The Honorable Paul Redmond Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. On December 25, 2004, he assumed the duties of Chief Judge. After his elevation to Chief Judge, he served as one of 27 judges on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the Judicial Branch. In 2005 he was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to also serve on the Judicial Conference’s seven-judge Executive Committee. On May 31, 2010, Chief Judge Michel stepped down from the bench after serving more than 22 years on the court.

In his years on the bench Judge Michel judged thousands of appeals and wrote over 800 opinions, approximately one-third of which were in patent cases.

Q. Todd Dickinson

Sr. Partner, Polsinelli,

During a  35-year career, Todd Dickinson has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with overall corporate responsibility for all intellectual property matters, including the management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. He has also served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Immediately prior to joining Polsinelli, Todd served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of more than 15,000 members, and one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property, where he played an important role on behalf of the industry with respect to drafting and passing the America Invents Act and the subsequent PTO rules.

Phil Johnson

Senior VP, IP Policy & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson (Ret.)

Phil Johnson recently retired from his position as senior vice president and chief IP counsel at Johnson & Johnson after serving nearly two decades in various leadership roles for the multi-national corporation.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson as Chief Patent Counsel, he was a well respected patent litigator for nearly two decades. Johnson played a key role in both the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and was subsequently appointed a member of a six-person committee formed by director of the USPTO to make recommendations on regulations to implement the inter partes review and post grant review proceedings that were established by the Act. Johnson has served numerous industry organizations during his career, including as president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Bob Stoll

Partner, Drinker Biddle, Former Commissioner for Patents

Bob Stoll has 40 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and a thorough understanding of both foreign and domestic intellectual property laws thanks to his experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently co-chair of Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Bob retired from the USPTO as Commissioner for Patents at the end of 2011 after a distinguished 34-year government career. Bob manages patent prosecution for several multi-national corporations and troubleshoots particularly difficult patent applications himself. He conducts portfolio analysis and provides opinion work. Bob advises on post grant procedures before the USPTO and engages in policy work on patent issues. Bob regularly testifies as an expert on patent practice and represents other attorneys and firms before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.

Gene Quinn

Founder and Operator,

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the Founder and Publisher of the leading intellectual property blog on the Internet,, which has been on the Internet continually since he launched it in 1999.  In 2017, Gene was recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world. Regarded as an expert on software patentability and U.S. patent procedure, Gene's particular specialty is in the area of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building, and patent prosecution strategies. He also regularly advises attorneys and clients on litigation, appeals, public relations and communications strategy. Gene has also worked with start-up businesses throughout the U.S. and around the world. 


Space is limited to 14 Individuals - Cost is $2,950 USD


July 30-31, 2018 — 8:30am to 5:00pm EST


Former Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO

Former Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Ret.)

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