Welcome to IPWatchdog.com

IPWatchdog.com is the leading Intellectual Property Law Blog on the Internet. We have been recognized as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the American Bar Association for 5 years in a row. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 we were recognized by the ABA as the top intellectual property law blog and in January 2014 we were inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame.

Our focus is on the business, policy, and substance of patents and other forms of intellectual property, such as copyrights and trademarks. Unlike many blogs, we strive to provide information and detailed analysis with magazine and industry journal length articles and op-ed pieces. Today IPWatchdog is recognized as one of the leading sources for news and information in the patent and innovation industries.

The founder of IPWachdog.com, Gene Quinn, is a patent attorney, law professor, and leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Gene practices patent law with Widerman & Malek, and the majority of his patent practice is focused on software patentsbusiness methods and Internet innovations. Since 2000 he has also been a principle lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course.

IPWatchdog.com was launched in October of 1999, and since then has been a trusted resource on intellectual property for many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, Popular Mechanics, CNN Money, USA Today, Forbes, the ABA Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Oklahoman, Patent World and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He speaks regularly at conferences and events throughout the United States.

Renee Quinn is the Chief Operating Officer and Business Manager of IPWatchdog, Inc. Renee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Business Administration in ecommerce. She is primarily in charge of our advertising, is our first point of contact with the outside world, takes care of all of our accounting and bookkeeping needs, and occasionally writes articles for the blog. In other words, she does just about everything necessary to keep the business running smoothly. In some circles Renee is known as the Social Media Diva™, and has given presentations on marketing, brand building and various social media topics at universities and at conferences hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF).

During 2012 we again had a number of top flight interviews with industry news makers. During 2012 we interviewed a whose-who of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: David Kappos (USPTO Director), Teresa Rea (USPTO Deputy Director), Margaret Focarino (Commissioner for Patents), Deborah Cohn (Commissioner for Trademarks), Peter Pappas (USPTO Chief of Staff), Bernie Knight (USPTO General Counsel) and Ray Chen (USPTO Solicitor General) and Bob Stoll (former Commissioner for Patents) and Todd Dickinson (AIPLA Executive Director and former USPTO Director).  IPWatchdog also featured interviews with Supreme Court super-advocate and former Solicitor General Seth WaxmanAIPLA Presidents Bill Barber and Jeff Lewis, and AUTM President Todd Sherer.   In addition, we also spoke with author, inventor and inventor coach Stephen Key and Erik Iverson, who is Executive VP for Business Development and External Affairs at the Infectious Disease Research Institute.

In previous years we have published exclusive interviews with U.S. Senator Birch Bayh (ret.), Gary Locke (former Commerce Secretary), Congressman Jason ChafetzChief Judge Randall Rader (Federal Circuit), Chief Judge Paul Michel (ret.), Hall of Fame inventor Dr. Gary MichelsonDon Dunner (Finnegan), Nick Godici (former Acting Director of the USPTO), Q. Todd Dickinson (AIPLA Executive Director and former Director of the USPTO) and many others.

In 2013 we published interviews with Chief Judge James Smith and Vice-Chief Judge James Moore of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, IBM Chief Patent Counsel, Manny Schecter, and  Judge Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition we also posted an exclusive Exit Interview with David Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Moving forward in 2014 we plan to continue to seek out and accept guest contributions from thought leaders on a variety of topics. Our news features and op-ed articles, a mainstay for years, will continue to make up a big part of what we publish, as will our interviews. We have also added featured columnists (meet Joe Allen and Ray Millien) and have started a feature we call Companies we Follow, which periodically looks at the patent portfolios of some of the leading innovators in the U.S. and around the world.

We invite you to read through our articles on patents, intellectual property and business. We also have many excellent Guest Contributors who offer their unique expertise and commentary on a variety of issues. We hope you will find this information useful. If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us.


IPWatchdog.com By the Numbers

Below is a summary of our traffic since January 2008. As you can see from this chart, here are our traffic highlights:

  • 30 months in a row we over 70,000 unique monthly visitors
  • 20 months in a row over 75,000 unique monthly visitors
  • 18 months over 80,000 unique monthly visitors
  • 16 months in a row over 87,500 unique monthly visitors
  • 13 months in a row over 96,500 unique monthly visitors
  • 11 our of last 13 months over 100,000 unique monthly visitors
  • 5 months in a row over 132,000 unique monthly visitors

IPWatchdog traffic has reached an all time high in October 2013 bringing in an amazing 143,062 unique visitors! During the 4th Quarter of 2013 we averaged 138,900+ unique visitors per month.

Over the years PWatchdog has grown substantially.  During 2008 we averaged only 30,214 unique visitors per month. In 2012 our traffic increased by 31% compared to 2011 to an average of 82,632 monthly unique visitors. In 2013 our traffic again substantially increased to an average of 118,095 unique monthly visitors, which represents 43% growth in 2013 compared with 2012.  We are looking forward to a further breakout year in 2014.

The average length of time spent on IPWatchdog.com by visitors is well over 3 minutes, making IPWatchdog.com very “sticky.”

While we cannot know which individuals read IPWatchdog.com, we do have various ways to track traffic. For example, on traffic analytics program we use tells us from where IPWatchdog readers accesses our server, provided cookies are enabled. Therefore, we know that we are widely read on a month-to-month basis by those within the White House, the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, the USPTO, Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Courts, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, USDA, Securities and Exchange Commission, the United States International Trade Commission, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and many other agencies and government bodies. Furthermore, we are also read by virtually every high-tech corporation, including but not limited to IBM, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Yahoo!, Qualcomm, GE, Facebook, 3M, Abbot Labs, Cisco, P&G, AT&T, Honeywell, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Monsanto, Oracle and numerous other corporations. Still further, our readership includes individuals from the top law firms in the world, and numerous Universities, including but not limited to MIT, Johns Hopkins, New York University, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Wisconsin, Stanford University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Yale, the Office of the President of the University of California, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, University of Illinois, Vanderbilt and numerous others. Further still my international audience includes the individuals at the United Nations, European Commission, European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, World Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, World Health Organization, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, Max Planck Institute, Siemens AG, Bayer AG, Novartis, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, and other institutions, agencies and corporations.