“We’re excited to welcome Russ back to Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner,” said Steve Lundberg. “His expertise in building patent portfolios, post grant proceedings and Patent Office operations will provide significant benefits to our clients.”
Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Directory 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.
Prior to his work at the USPTO, Russ held other leadership positions in the intellectual property industry, spending eight years as Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho, and serving as a long time member of the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and past President of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel (ACPC).
“The opportunity to serve as the Deputy Directory of the USPTO was a true honor. I am looking forward to working with the exceptional team at SLW to build on the great work they have been doing in patent preparation and post-grant trials,” said Russ. “The firm has been consistently recognized as one of the very best at producing high quality patents, and shares my passion for the importance of patents and the need to achieve constant improvement in the quality of applications and issued patents.”
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.
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner is a boutique intellectual property firm providing IP services to clients across the globe from offices located in Minnesota, California, Texas and the United Kingdom as well as satellite locations throughout the United States. The 140 patent attorneys and agents of SLW are nationally recognized for providing high quality patent work.