Robert Stoll

Robert Stoll

Robert Stoll is a partner with Drinker Biddle and is co-chair of the 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. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents Act, and lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. Having risen from the rank of examiner to lead the 8,000-employee organization, he has spent his career improving the intellectual property system.


Posts by Robert Stoll


A Review at Five Years of Inter Partes Review

Post grant procedures can be an effective and efficient way of promoting patent quality by invalidating weak, inappropriately granted patents. What we need now is thoughtful review …
By Robert Stoll
11 days ago 18

What Changes Result from the Supreme Court Decision in TC Heartland?

Unfortunately, the answer may be not as much as many expected. Right after the decision there were 350 motions to transfer or dismiss in the EDTX. But the …
By Robert Stoll
17 days ago 2

Patent Bar Groups Propose Legislation to Fix Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Problems

Over the past few months, several of the major intellectual property organizations have developed proposed legislative fixes to patent subject matter holdings by the courts. The American …
By Robert Stoll
2 months ago 62

New legislation is not needed to fix post grant procedures at the PTO

The enumerated problems with the post grant procedures could be bettered by both the courts and the USPTO. The courts have had an opportunity to change the …
By Robert Stoll
1 year ago 8

The Patent System: It is important for America that we get it right

Small businesses and independent inventors are critical to revolutionary advancement of American technology. They file over 20% of the applications at the USPTO, and their patents are more …
By Robert Stoll
2 years ago 2

Study of the Post Grant Procedures Is Needed Now

Very few thought that the IPR procedure would be used by creative hedge fund managers to reap benefits for the price drop of pharmaceutical companies’ stock that …
By Robert Stoll
2 years ago 24

Methods of Organizing Human Activities

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. I’ve seen similar rejections in a diverse (and utterly random) number of art areas and technologies ranging from predictive …
By Robert Stoll
3 years ago 15

Fear of the Troll has Many Crying Foul

The above-enumerated problems of the current patent system are real and barriers to further innovation and job creation. But the solutions do not require a comprehensive definition …
By Robert Stoll
3 years ago 3

What happens to IP law in 2014?

I prophesy that the best we can hope for is a Bilski-esque vague instruction (wherein our top court opined that some business methods are patentable, citing the …
By Robert Stoll
4 years ago 6