Eileen McDermott

Eileen McDermott

Eileen McDermott is the Editor-in-Chief of IPWatchdog.com. 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.


Posts by Eileen McDermott


How Patents Helped Sprout the World’s First Plantable Pencil

It has likely been a while since most of even used a pencil – but would we use them more if they grew flowers, trees and herbs? Enter, …
By Eileen McDermott
3 days ago 0

We Made it to November: The IP Community Gives Thanks in a Year Like No Other

It began typically enough: the Supreme Court denied cert in Athena, Chargepoint and Trading Technologies; Brexit finally happened; the Federal Circuit refused to rehear Arthrex; and the …
By Eileen McDermott
6 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Sides with Inventors on Analysis of California Employment Contract Law

The Federal Circuit reversed a district court finding that an inventor of water park surfing attractions breached his employment agreement and that his co-inventor was improperly listed …
By Eileen McDermott
9 days ago 0

USPTO Publishes Final Rule Codifying Significant Trademark Fee Increases

The USPTO recently published a Final Rule setting new fees for trademark filings and TTAB proceedings, which will be effective January 2, 2021. The last time trademark fees were …
By Eileen McDermott
14 days ago 1

David Kappos Reflects on the Developing Landscape for SEPs at IPWatchdog’s SEP2020

On day one of IPWatchdog’s SEP2020, keynote speaker David Kappos told IPWatchdog President and CEO Gene Quinn that the IP community should not panic about what …
By Eileen McDermott
21 days ago 1

How the 2020 Congressional Election Results Will Impact IP

Three days out from Election Day, 2020, there are still many votes left to be counted, but as of the time of publication, it seems Joe Biden is …
By Eileen McDermott
26 days ago 1

USPTO Steps Into Social Media Controversy

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) doesn’t often get much action on social media, but last week, five days before the U.S. Presidential …
By Eileen McDermott
28 days ago 4

Inventors Sound Off in Reply to Big Tech NHK-Fintiv Suit

In August, Apple, Google, Cisco and Intel filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the Northern District of California challenging the …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 6

DOJ Takes Key Step Toward Breaking Up Big Tech with Antitrust Complaint Against Google

The U.S. Department of Justice and Attorneys General from 11 U.S. states filed a complaint on Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 7

Patent Stakeholders Weigh in on High Court Decision to Hear Arthrex

The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in three cases involving Arthrex, Inc. focusing on the question of whether the administrative patent judges (APJs) of the …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 11

Justices Look for Reassurance That the Sky Won’t Fall When They Rule in Google v. Oracle

Google and Oracle each got to have their say in U.S. Supreme Court today, when eight justices heard oral argument in the closely-watched battle between the …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 5

Rently Makes Section 101 Bid to High Court

Consumer 2.0, Inc. d/b/a Rently has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 19

Unified Report: No Rest for Patent Filings in a Pandemic

The Western District of Texas continues to explode in popularity with non-practicing entities (NPEs); an operating company is the most prolific filer of patent disputes in district …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 0

Federal Circuit Shoots Down Apple Bid to Strike Certain Voip-Pal Claims Upheld by PTAB

In the latest episode of a long-running saga between Apple and Voip-Pal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday denied Apple’s …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 4

Panelists Urge Americans to Trust IP, Trust Vaccines, Listen to Science in COVID-19 Debate

IPWatchdog’s most recent webinar focused on the role of IP in the development of the most promising vaccines to combat COVID-19 and included speakers from the …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 2