“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
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 IPWatchdog.com. 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.
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