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 for IPWatchdog, Inc. She has worked with IPWatchdog since April 2006, performing a variety of roles. She is in charge of the day to day management of all business and back-office aspects of IPWatchdog, she handles all marketing and advertising inquiries.

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


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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Joe Compasso joined IPWatchdog in August of 2019 as our new Business Development Associate.  Joe is responsible for business development for IPWatchdog and is tasked with bringing in new guest authors and webinar and program sponsors.

Joe holds an Associate Degree in Science and is also a Certified Personal Trainer.  He is based out of Leesburg, VA.


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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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Ashley Decker is the CEO of the Thaynes Group, which she co-founded after spending 15 years as a corporate marketing leader. Her passion is building the marketing engine that tells the story, drives demand and accelerates growth for visionary companies.

Ashley is based out of Austin, Texas.


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James Decker is the President and co-founder of Thaynes Group and has a diverse background in sales, marketing and corporate strategy. His passion is helping build disruptive companies and enabling them to win in the marketplace.

James is based out of Austin, Texas.



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