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.

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

Enrollment is limited in order to encourage dialogue and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for participation.

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

This program 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 program will be held at:

700 12th St NW, 

Washington, DC 20005


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.

Todd Dickinson

Senior Partner, Polsinelli

Todd Dickinson is a senior partner with Polsinelli, is a former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Todd has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with management responsibility for all IP, including management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. Most recently, Todd served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), which is one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property, where he played a key role in the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and the subsequent PTO rules. Todd has been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (2016) and was inducted into the IP Hall of Famein 2012. He has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Peoplein IP by Managing Intellectual Property numerous times.

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 the 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. He was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bob Stoll

Partner, Drinker Biddle

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.

Meredith Addy

Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC

Meredith “Mimi” Addy is an experienced intellectual property, business and legal strategist, and consultant. Addy has handled more than 30 cases before trial courts and argued more than 40 appeals to the Federal Circuit. She has held leadership positions at several AmLaw100 firms and is a recipient of many awards and honors. Addy is partner at litigation boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein in Chicago, and she also consults to executive teams on the most efficient strategies for realizing their IP goals. Addy has testified before Congress to address issues relating to the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law.  She has been a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and a member of the board of directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  Addy is also a founder of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and served as its first president. Addy has also been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law by Law360.


March 25-26, 2019 — 8:30am to 5:00pm EST - Space is limited


Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

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

Former Commissioner for Patents

Sherry Knowles

Principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Sherry Knowles is an intellectual property attorney with 30 years of experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006-2010, Ms. Knowles was the Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, where she served as the worldwide head of patents for all litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices. At GSK, Ms. Knowles was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Technology Investment Board, the Product Management Board, the Legal Management Team and she led the Global Patents Executive Team.

Russ Slifer

Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the last two years. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all of the day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region. Russell has practiced intellectual property law for the last 23 years. Prior to his government service and work at Micron Technology, he was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than eight years in private practice in Minnesota, helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.

Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Early Bird Registration  (Ends February 15, 2019) - $1,795

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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 and 2018, Gene has been 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. 

Steve Kunin

Partner, Maier & Maier

Steve Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony.  In addition to serving as an expert witness, Mr. Kunin has vast experience in providing lectures on recent US patent law developments across the USA, Europe and the Far East.  He has more than 48 years of experience in the patent profession.

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