Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.


Posts by Gene Quinn


License to Copy: Your Software Code Isn’t Safe After Google v. Oracle

In characteristic form, the Supreme Court has once again managed to blow it in another intellectual property case. This time, the Justices blessed Google's copying of Oracle's …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 81

Boalick and Hirshfeld Highlight PTAB Stats, USPTO Training Efforts During Virtual LEAP Program

On Friday, March 26, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducted virtual LEAP training. LEAP stands for Legal Experience and Advancement Program and is a series …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0

USPTO’s Drew Hirshfeld on Proposed Changes to Requirements for Patent Bar Registration: It ‘Just Makes Sense’

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) earlier today published a Request for Comments in the Federal Register asking for public input into proposed …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 22

Understanding What a Design Patent is Not

You have probably heard of a company called Apple. They sell computers, watches, tablets and all kinds of accessories. You have probably also heard that Apple was …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 3

Design Patents: Under Utilized and Overlooked

Once upon a time, one of the ways you could spot scams from legitimate operators in the patent industry was to look at who was directing clients …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 4

Deciding Where to Obtain International Patent Rights

Determining where to seek patent rights is an important and expensive decision. If you know you are going to want international patent protection, the best, most cost-effective …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 2

Twist Emerges in Senate IP Subcommittee Leadership for 117th Congress

On Sunday, February 14, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate …
By Gene Quinn & Eileen McDermott
7 months ago 18

When to Use the Patent Cooperation Treaty—and Why It’s So Popular

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) enables applicants to file one application, called an international application, in a standardized format in an authorized Receiving Office, and have that …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 25

Why and When Design Patents are Useful

Simply said, the rights provided by one design patent will be extremely unsatisfactory. However, design patents must be considered because a design patent can in many instances …
By Gene Quinn
7 months ago 3

Concerns Surface Over Big Tech Ties of Biden’s Pick to Head DOJ Antitrust Division

Yesterday, Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24) sent a letter to President Joe Biden explaining her concerns over recent reports that the leading candidate for the top antitrust …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 5

PCT Basics: Obtaining Patent Rights Around the World

For better or for worse, there is no such thing as a worldwide patent. There is, however, something that approximates a worldwide patent application that can ultimately …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 4

The Right Choice: IP Stakeholders Emphasize Practical Experience, Strong IP Advocacy in Next USPTO Head

The position of Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as Deputy, is now …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 14

USPTO Report Puts Chinese Innovation Growth in Context

On January 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a new report on the impact of patent and trademark filing trends in China. The report, …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 12

The Year in Patents: Ten Developments We’ll Remember From 2020

As we end 2020— a year most of us probably wish to forget— it appears that after much litigation it is finally safe to call Joe Biden the …
By Gene Quinn & Rebecca Tapscott
9 months ago 2

Pre-Suit Investigation by Patentee’s Attorney Does Not Compel Arbitration Despite Website TOS

Chief Judge McMahon, in deciding the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, ruled the arbitration clause did not prevent Jedi from accessing the federal district court and …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 0