Former PTO Deputy Director Russell Slifer Joins Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

By Gene Quinn
June 21, 2017

Russell Slifer

Russ Slifer. CREDIT: Jay Premack/USPTO

“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.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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  1. Night Writer June 21, 2017 8:50 pm

    Great guy. He would make a great director.

  2. Edward Heller June 21, 2017 11:11 pm

    Night, I’ll take your word for that.

    Good luck Russ.