Celebrating 15 Years of IPWatchdog.com

On October 10, 1999, I remember sitting at my desk in my apartment in Winter Park, Florida. I had just starting teaching as a full time law school professor several months earlier. So many things have changed since then. I’ve moved all over the country, I’ve traveled all over the country, I’ve gotten married, we navigated the near collapse of the U.S. economy and like so many, the near collapse of our personal economy. My mother passed in 2012, which was undoubtedly the lowest moment in my entire life. A year later my father-in-law also passed. While there have no doubt been trying times, we have shared many great moments personally, and with those in our community who have become our friends. But since October 10, 1999, the one constant for me has been IPWatchdog.com, which went live for the first time 15 years ago today.

It has been an honor and privilege to get to know so many wonderful people in our industry over the last 15 years, to talk to many industry leaders on the record, and to in some small way continue to push the debate forward with respect to how critically important patents are to businesses and the U.S. economy. Of course, without readers none of this would be possible. So thank you so very much for continuing to come back day after day, week after week, month after month!

In the early days of IPWatchdog, through 2008 I was not only the primary author, but our only author. Then in 2008, Renee Quinn wrote a couple of articles, and then John White wrote his first article for us. Then by the middle of 2009 we started searching out more guest contributors and have never looked back. To date we have published 905 articles written by guest contributors. Today I probably write less than 40 percent of what we publish, although I certainly still love stirring the pot with commentaries on patents, innovation and the business of patents. Notwithstanding, increasingly my role is Editor-in-Chief, soliciting experts to write substantive articles and working with them to tailor the articles for our audience.

We have developed an outstanding list of guest contributors, including freelance tech journalist Steven Brachmann who now writes a dozen articles a month for us. We also are happy to have Joe Allen and Dr. Kristina Lybecker as monthly columnists. Attorneys Eric Guttag, Steven MooreRay Millien and Joe Root have also been frequent contributors as well. So too has patent agent and inventor Mark Nowotarski, who will have another series starting soon.

We have also been luck to have guest contributions from David Kappos (here and here), Chief Judge Paul Michel (here), IBM Chief Patent Counsel Manny Schecter (here, here and here), Professor Mark Lemley (here and here), Bob Stoll (here and here), author David Kline (here, here, here, herehere and here), Erik Iverson (here), Bernie Cassidy (hereherehere and here), Ron Katznelson (here, here, here and here), Tracy Gene-Durkin (articles listed here) , Scott Daniels (articles listed here), and the man who received the first ever software patent, Martin Goetz. There have been so many more attorneys and experts who have contributed to making IPWatchdog.com what it is today. Thank you to everyone.

One of the mainstays over the years has been our interviews. We have interviewed a whose-who of the United States Patent and Trademark Office: David Kappos (former USPTO Director), Teresa Rea (former USPTO Deputy Director), Margaret Focarino (Commissioner for Patents), Deborah Cohn (Commissioner for Trademarks), Peter Pappas (former USPTO Chief of Staff), Bernie Knight (former USPTO General Counsel), Ray Chen (former USPTO Solicitor General and now CAFC Judge), Bob Stoll (former Commissioner for Patents), Nick Godici (former Acting Director of the USPTO), Chief Judge James Smith and Vice-Chief Judge James Moore of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and Todd Dickinson (former USPTO Director). We also conducted an exclusive Exit Interview with David Kappos, as he was poised to leave the USPTO.

We have also featured interviews with Supreme Court super-advocate and former Solicitor General Seth Waxman, the man they call the patent troll, Ray Niro, and Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, perhaps most famous for arguing opposite sides in Gore v. Bush. We have published exclusive interviews with U.S. Senator Birch Bayh (ret.), Gary Locke (former Commerce Secretary), Congressman Jason ChafetzChief Judge Randall Rader (CAFC, now retired), Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, retired), Hall of Fame inventor Dr. Gary Michelson, top CAFC appellate advocate Don Dunner (Finnegan), IBM Chief Patent Counsel, Manny Schecter, and  Judge Richard Linn (CAFC).

We have also chatted with author, inventor and inventor coach Stephen Key, as well as Erik Iverson, who is Executive VP for Business Development and External Affairs at the Infectious Disease Research Institute, former Congressman and current BIO CEO Jim Greenwood, Professor Mark Lemley and software experts Bob Zeidman and Eric Gould Bear.

We have also been honored to be recognized as as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the American Bar Association for 5 years in a row. For 3 of the last 4 years (2010, 2012, 2013) we were recognized as the top intellectual property law blog according to the ABA. In January 2014 we were also honored to be inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame.

It has been quite a ride, and I’m sure I’ve left some important things out. This didn’t start out to be a history of IPWatchdog.com, but there have been so many people who have helped make this all possible. Thank  you all!

Finally, I want to thank our sponsors and advertisers. Increasingly over the years IPWatchdog.com has become a full-time job (and then some). Without the support of our sponsors and advertisers it just wouldn’t be possible to spend the time day in and day out. So please take a look at the services and products our sponsors and advertisers offer because without them none of this could have happened.

Over the years we have been through a number of different designs for IPWatchdog over the years, and soon we will have a new website design with better navigation. Thanks again for all the support and for reading IPWatchdog.com. Here is to another 15 years and more!


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12 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    October 13, 2014 02:03 pm

    Thanks again everyone! It has been a a great 15 years! Thanks for reading, and thanks for all your contributions.

  • [Avatar for Paul Cole]
    Paul Cole
    October 13, 2014 11:29 am

    Sincere congratulations from this side of the Pond to you and to Renee, and hope to see you at AIPLA in Washington. Three cheers! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • [Avatar for jkheit]
    October 12, 2014 10:56 pm

    Hip hip hooray! 15 times over. 🙂

    Congrats man!

  • [Avatar for Michael Lin]
    Michael Lin
    October 11, 2014 02:02 pm

    Gene: congratulations on 15 years and here’s to the next 15! Cheers! Hope to see you at AUTM in New Orleans too.

  • [Avatar for Anon]
    October 11, 2014 12:07 pm

    Congratulations Gene.

    As you know, while I do not always agree with your views, I believe that your blog (and its moderation policy of being accurate in law and fact) cuts through the dross and clutter that infects many other blogs. While you employ the Judge Jacob philosophy, the fact that you are often maligned on other blogs is a badge to be worn proudly.

    May you have many more years of success and on point, interesting and valuable articles.

  • [Avatar for Mark Malek]
    Mark Malek
    October 11, 2014 09:09 am

    Many congratulations to you Gene!

  • [Avatar for Steve]
    October 10, 2014 07:57 pm

    Congratulations Gene (and Renee).

    As one of its most important and valuable foundational pillars, the patent world wouldn’t be the same without you and IPWatchdog.

    Thank you for all you do to inform the industry … and support inventors and their innovations.

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    October 10, 2014 01:44 pm


    Thanks! I don’t know about the beard. I may be getting tired of it again already. It never seems to last long. I like it for a while. We will have to see.


  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    October 10, 2014 10:53 am


    Thanks so much for your support over the years, both as a friend and a guest contributor. I know our paths don’t cross often enough in the real world, but hopefully we can touch base face to face at AUTM in New Orleans in February 2015.

    patent leather-

    I’m going to try and spend more time getting to conferences and also letting folks know where I’ll be. I’m sure our paths will cross sooner or later.



  • [Avatar for patent leather]
    patent leather
    October 10, 2014 10:31 am

    Congrats Gene, that’s a long time! One day we’ll cross paths at a conference or something and I will come and say hi.

  • [Avatar for EG]
    October 10, 2014 09:43 am

    Hey Gene,

    Congratulations the decade and a half that IPWatchdog has brought “light’ where there is “darkness” in the IP world. It has been my honor and pleasure to be a contributing author.

  • [Avatar for American Cowboy]
    American Cowboy
    October 10, 2014 09:28 am

    Congrats, Gene. Thanks for the 15 years and keep them coming. And be sure to let the full beard grow.