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. Since that time, IPWatchdog.com has grown by leaps and bounds, and today is a media company that provides live and online training, as well as exclusive seminars led by top thought leaders in the industry.  Please meet the IPWatchdog team!

 

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Mr. Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine, in both 2014 and 2019. From 2017-2020, Mr. Quinn has also been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world, and in 2021 he was recognized by IAM in their inaugural Strategy 300 Global Leaders list. Mr. Quinn founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and he is currently President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. According to IAM Magazine, Mr. Quinn “has reshaped the IP debate in the United States in a way that has forced policy makers to carefully consider the macroeconomic affects of IP law and its potential to drive innovation and economic activity.”

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Renée C. Quinn is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for IPWatchdog, Inc. She has worked with IPWatchdog since April of 2006, performing a variety of roles over the years. Renée oversees all of the day-to-day financial, administrative, operational and procedural aspects of IPWatchdog, Inc.  She is also the main point of contact for IPWatchdog, and manages all aspects of IPWatchdog webinars, courses, programs, and events.

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 Office Manager.  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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Jessica Fuentes  joined IPWatchdog in July 2021 as an Administrative Assistant.  In this role, she is provides support to the President/CEO and Chief Operating Officers in their day-to-day activities.  She is also tasked with various administrative duties such as assisting with the planning, promoting and supporting of IPWatchdog events and webinars, managing our webinar calendar, social media promotion, running post-webinar reports, and compiling survey results/leads and website statistics. She approaches all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset, and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges. She brings with her an extensive background in customer service from restaurant, retail, and corporate environments. She is excited to bring these experiences and enthusiasm to the team at IPWatchdog and to our clients.  Jessica is also working toward a degree in Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College.

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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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