IPWatchdog Team


IPWatchdog.com is the leading Intellectual Property Law Journal on the Internet. After being recognized as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the American Bar Association for 5 years in a row (ranking #1 in 2010, 2012 and 2013), in January 2014 we were inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. Please meet our team and regular guest authors.

 

Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, Editor and primary author of IPWatchdog.com, which he founded in 1999. Gene writes about patent law, patent and innovation policy, proposed legislation, rulemaking, software patents and more.

In 2017, Mr. Quinn 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, Mr. Quinn regularly advises attorneys and clients on patent matters, litigation strategy, and appeals.

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Renee C. Quinn is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for IPWatchdog, Inc. She has worked with IPWatchdog since April 2006, performing a variety of roles. She oversees all of the day-to-day financial, administrative, operational and procedural aspects of IPWatchdog, Inc

Renee has a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Business Administration, with a focus on e-commerce and Internet marketing.

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Eileen McDermott is our Editor-in-Chief. A veteran IP and legal journalist, Eileen started with IPWatchdog in January 2019. Eileen is no stranger to the intellectual property world, having held editorial and managerial positions at several publications and industry organizations since she first entered the industry more than a decade ago.

Most recently she has acted as an 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 a 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. She was also Americas Editor for Managing Intellectual Property magazine from 2007 to 2013.

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Katarzyna (Kasia) Kryca joined IPWatchdog in November 2020 as our Executive Assistant.  She was born and raised in Tychy, Poland.  She studied at the Academy of Economics in Katowice, achieving her B.Sc. in management and marketing.  In her first job out of college, Kasia worked as a Managing Director’s Executive Assistant and a Senior Operations Manager for a trading company in Tychy.  Prior to joining the IPWatchdog team, Kasia spent 12 years as the administrative and financial manager of an international development consulting firm based in Reston.  She has lived in Italy, Armenia, and Croatia, and moved permanently to the USA in 2006.  Kasia lives in Reston with her husband, son, and dog.

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Kira Elliot is the Program Coordinator for IPWatchdog, Inc. Kira has been a Certified Meeting Professional since 2012 and has over 16 years of meeting and event management experience as both a planner and supplier.  After spending the majority of her career planning meetings for NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for twelve years, Kira spent two years as a National Sales Manager for Lansdowne Resort & Spa, a AAA Four Diamond resort located in Leesburg, VA.  Kira holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from James Madison University and recently earned the Digital Event Strategist (DES) designation from the Professional Convention & Management Association (PCMA).

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Rebecca M. Tapscott is an intellectual property attorney who has joined IPWatchdog as our Staff Writer.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Central Florida and received her Juris Doctor degree in 2002 from the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, VA.

Prior to joining IPWatchdog, Rebecca has worked as a senior associate attorney for the Bilicki Law Firm and Diederiks & Whitelaw, PLC.  Her practice has involved intellectual property litigation, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical, mechanical arts, and electrical arts, strategic alliance and development agreements, and trademark prosecution and opposition matters. In addition, she is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

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Andy Stratton is the President & Director of Development at Sizeable, Inc, and founder of WP Maintainer, a WordPress update, backup and maintenance service.  He is a Zend Certified PHP engineer specializing in custom WordPress themes and plugins, LAMP applications, front-end development with HTML5/CSS3, Javascript and/or jQuery.

Andy is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Computer and Information Systems and Business Administration. He’s been building websites for over 10-years, where he has worked for large corporations, including Time Warner/AOL, public sector Federal IT contractors, as well as agile design and e-commerce agencies.  Andy is an entrepreneur, speaker and marketing-minded web craftsman that believes that client/vendor relationships should be based on mutual respect.

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Rob Spangler is the Director of Design Experience for Sizeable,  Inc.  As a UX designer and consultant, he works with organizations to provide evidence-based visual direction and design. His proficiencies are user interface design, user experience, project management, and creative direction. He also has intimate expertise with front-end development and WordPress. I’m UX certified (UXC) through the Nielsen Norman Group, the world leader in UX design and research.

Based in Baltimore, I’ve had the opportunity to work with leading digital agencies, speak at local events, and co-found a coworking space

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