Patent Masters Symposium

In-depth, off the record conversations with top industry thought leaders.

What you really need to know but don’t know about the Courts, the Hill and the USPTO. 

Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.)

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 aimed at informing participants about what is truly happening behind the scenes. Patent Masters was created to fill this need.

Patent Masters is designed to be a high-level, exclusive 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 led 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 round-table 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, our conversations will be off the record.  We will follow Chatham House Rules. This means that anyone who attends is free to use information from the discussion, but may not reveal the source of the information. This is intended to facilitate the free and frank exchange of ideas between speakers and participants while maintaining confidentiality.

Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided each day.  A dinner is scheduled for attendees on Monday, July 30, 2018.

While much more than a CLE, Patent Masters has been approved for 12 credits of CLE in Virginia.

Program Schedule

July 30-31, 2018 — 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Monday, July 30, 2018: Wine Reception — 5pm to 6:30pm; Dinner — 7pm to 9pm

PROGRAM AGENDA – CLICK HERE for the program agenda and schedule.

LOCATION – 700 12th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005


Chief Judge Paul Michel (ret.)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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 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. Judge Michel continues to be a forceful advocate for a strong patent system and testifies regularly on Capitol Hill.


Q. Todd Dickinson
Partner, Polsinelli
Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the USPTO

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.


Bob StollBob Stoll
Partner, Drinker Biddle
Former Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

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.


Phil Johnson
Johnson-IP Strategy
Former Senior Vice President IP Policy & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson

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.


Peter HarterPeter Harter
The Farrington Group
Former Head of Global Affairs, Netscape and

Peter Harter bridges the ecosystems of technology, business, law, venture finance and politics. He provides advice to management, boards and investors on the risks of legislation, regulation, court cases, media, standards, treaties, political campaigns, capital, property and labor. Subject areas of expertise include patents, copyrights, open source, cybersecurity, export controls, voting, antitrust, nuclear energy, big data, and medical research reform. Peter’s career began in 1993 as an Internet lawyer. He broadened in Silicon Valley as head of global government affairs for Netscape and and in business development and sales for Securify. He deepened his experience in policy in Washington, DC, lobbying on patent reform for Intellectual Ventures. Peter is a graduate of Lehigh University and Villanova Law School.


Gene Quinn
President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.
Patent Attorney & Publisher of

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the Founder and Publisher of, which he started 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. Throughout his career Gene has worked with start-up businesses across the U.S. and around the world.


Cancelation Policy  – Because space is extremely limited, cancellations will be subject to cancellation fees as follows:

  • Cancelations 6 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 10% processing fee*
  • Cancelations 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 20% processing fee*
  • Cancelations within the last 2 weeks prior to the event, no refund be will be given*

*In the event that we have a waiting list and can fill your spot immediately upon your cancellation, we will be happy to give you a full refund regardless of when you cancel.

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