Gene Quinn Named One of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing IP

By Eileen McDermott
December 5, 2019

“If I’ve learned anything over the last 20 years it is that those who honestly and passionately participate in the public discourse can make a difference.” – Gene Quinn

50 Most Influential People in IP

Gene Quinn at IPWatchdog’s 20th Anniversary celebration in October 2019.

Managing Intellectual Property Magazine has named IPWatchdog Founder and CEO as one of its 50 Most Influential People in IP for 2019. Managing IP’s write-up pointed to IPWatchdog’s 20th anniversary celebration as evidence of the considerable influence Quinn, who was named as a “Notable Individual,” has had on the IP community. “[An IPWatchdog post honoring the two-decade milestone] includes commendations from none other than three former judges and two previous USPTO directors,” the Managing IP blurb noted.

The 50 Most Influential People in IP list includes figures ranging from USPTO Director Andrei Iancu and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) to Lord Justice Richard Arnold of the England and Wales Court, China’s President Xi Xinping and Banksy.

The list is compiled by Managing IP journalists, with some assistance from readers. No one can pay to be on the list, and all of those included “have made a significant contribution to IP in some shape or form this year,” Managing IP’s Managing Editor Ed Conlon noted. Individuals whose “main job involves working for a law firm” were not eligible for the list.

“This is the second time MIP has recognized me as being among the top 50 most influential people in IP, and it is both humbling and gratifying,” Gene Quinn said of the honor. He added:

“There are many great names on this list, and to be named alongside people like USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, Senator Chris Coons, Judge Alan Albright, Chief Judge Luo Dongchuan, President Xi Xinping and the others is truly a wonderful honor.

Sometimes it is difficult for me to believe that one can become influential by simply sitting behind a computer screen and typing honest thoughts, attending conferences and speaking up, and being unafraid to speak up. I guess if I’ve learned anything over the last 20 years it is that those who honestly and passionately participate in the public discourse can make a difference.”

Quinn also was recognized as one of The World’s Leading IP Strategists by IAM Strategy 300 this year, for the third consecutive year.

About Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Gene is the founder of Regarded as an expert on software patentability and patent procedure, Gene particularly specializes in the areas of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building and patent prosecution strategies. He also regularly advises attorneys and clients on litigation strategy and appeals.

Gene works with startup businesses throughout the United States and around the world. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus, he frequently advises entrepreneurs, innovators and startups on patent matters relating to software, computer-implemented methods, business methods and internet innovations.

Gene began his career as a litigator handling a variety of civil litigation matters and has been a patent attorney for nearly two decades. He has taught a variety of IP courses at the law school level, including courses on patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, copyright law, trademark law and an introduction to intellectual property at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, the University of Toledo College of Law, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, the John Marshall Law School (Chicago) and Whittier Law School. Since 2000 Gene has also taught the leading patent bar review course in the United States.

Gene is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

About IPWatchdog

Founded in 1999, focuses on the business, substance, and law of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and technology and innovation. We strive to provide information and detailed analysis with magazine and industry journal length articles and op-ed pieces, addressing the topics we cover in a way that cuts to the heart of the matter to give readers the information they need to know about that is happening in the IP world.

IPWatchdog is recognized as one of the leading sources for news and information in the patent and innovation industries and has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as one of the top 100 legal blogs on the Internet. IPWatchdog was also named the top IP blog three times, and in 2014 was inducted into the American Bar Association Blawg Hall of Fame.

With several hundred guest authors writing for IPWatchdog each year, we cover U.S. case law, legislation, regulations and the business of intellectual property, as well as IP law and developments around the globe.



The Author

Eileen McDermott

Eileen McDermott is the Editor-in-Chief of Eileen is a veteran IP and legal journalist, and no stranger to the intellectual property world, having held editorial and managerial positions at several publications and industry organizations. She has acted as editorial consultant for the International Trademark Association (INTA), chiefly overseeing the editorial process for the Association’s twice-monthly newsletter, the INTA Bulletin. Eileen has also served as a freelance editor for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); as senior consulting editor for the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) from 2015 to 2017; as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief at INTA from 2013 to 2016; and was Americas Editor for Managing Intellectual Property magazine from 2007 to 2013.

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Discuss this

There are currently 13 Comments comments.

  1. Disenfranchised Patent Owner December 5, 2019 2:00 pm

    Congratulations, Gene!
    Well-deserved recognition for a job well done.

  2. Paul Cole December 5, 2019 4:19 pm

    Sincere congratulations from this side of the Pond.

  3. Anon December 5, 2019 4:42 pm

    Congrats – well deserved.

    And thank you for this forum (and the better editorial controls here).

  4. Pro Say December 5, 2019 6:59 pm

    Demonstrating yet again that one man or woman willing to stand up for what is right really can make a difference.

    In Gene’s case, a big difference indeed.

  5. angry dude December 5, 2019 9:31 pm

    Allowing truly free speech without any censorship on IPWatchdog is certainly applaudable

    This is what we need in this failing country nowadays

  6. Concerned December 5, 2019 10:15 pm

    Everything I know about patents as a layperson I learned right here.

    Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Quinn both as behind every great man stands a great woman.

    Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!

  7. Joe Allen December 6, 2019 11:06 am

    Congratulations Gene, well deserved!

  8. Ternary December 6, 2019 2:56 pm

    Congratulations Gene. But I would be more surprised if you were not on the list.

  9. Glen Wade Duff December 7, 2019 9:27 am

    Our friend and champion, Gene lights the way to expose patent issues for all of us. Thank you!

  10. EG December 9, 2019 8:52 am

    Hey Gene,

    As others have said, a well-deserved honor!

  11. Anon December 9, 2019 11:03 am

    Certain purveyors of blight (whom have largely overrun other patent blogs) won’t be happy with the honor bestowed here.

    Of course, one would not be surprised in the least, given the venomous anti-patent (and non-patent law) rants that that individual is inclined to partake in (with a seemingly ample chorus of sycophants cheering him on).

  12. angry dude December 9, 2019 5:38 pm

    Anon @11

    “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”

    (William Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2)

    When it comes to this, I will personally try to save Gene and perhaps a few other participants with JD degree on this blog, BUT NOT YOU for sure, dude

    Until then please write you garbage on that “other” blog

  13. Anon December 10, 2019 8:01 am

    angry dude,

    Do you know the context of the Shakespeare quote?

    Your animosity towards me is a prime example of you NOT using reason and letting your emotions run out of control.

    Stop telling people to just quit. That is nothing more than being the mouthpiece of the Efficient Infringers whose message is that very thing: just quit.

    You are NO supporter of innovation when your message is so hollow.