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.

Alden Abbot

As the Commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, the General Counsel represents the agency in court and provides legal counsel to the Commission and its bureaus and offices. Prior to rejoining the FTC in April 2018, Alden served in legal management positions at the Heritage Foundation (2014-2018) and BlackBerry (2012-2014). He has also held a variety of senior positions in the federal government, including at the FTC (Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Bureau of Competition); the Department of Commerce (Acting General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Chief Counsel of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration); and the Department of Justice (Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust).

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.

Meredith Addy

Partner, AddyHart, P.C.

Meredith “Mimi” Addy is a business and legal strategist with over 25 years of litigation experience. She has handled more than 30 cases before trial courts and argued more than 40 appeals to the Federal Circuit. Addy has held leadership positions at several AmLaw100 firms and is a recipient of many awards and honors. She has testified before Congress to address issues relating to the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law.  Addy 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.  She is also a founder of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and she served as its first president. Addy has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law by Law360.

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. 


General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

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

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


Registration ~ $1,995

Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused exclusively on intellectual property law since 1994 helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies. Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and trademark Office under the Obama Administration. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all 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.

Russ Slifer

Sherry Knowles

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

Sherry M. 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.  

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.

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.

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

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