Patent Masters™ Faculty

The Patent Masters™ Symposium is a high-level, interactive, limited enrollment seminar for attorneys and executives interested in an in-depth exploration of topical legal issues facing those that prosecute, litigate, license and monetize patents. Discussions are led by top thought leaders in the industry and will cover what is happening in the Courts, on Capitol Hill, and at the USPTO.

Below are the Patent Masters™ faculty. Not all members of the Patent Masters™ faculty will be present for each symposium, so please check the Program Agenda and registration page prior to registration if faculty will influence your decision to attend.

The Patent Masters Symposium will feature several distinguished faculty members from within the intellectual property community.  The current pool of Patent Masters Faculty includes Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC ret.), Todd Dickinson, Russ Slifer, Bob Stoll, Phil Johnson, Meredith Addy, Stephen Kunin, Sherry Knowles and Gene Quinn.



Alden AbbottAlden Abbott
General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

As the Commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, the General Counsel represents the agency in court and provides legal counsel to the Commission and its bureaus and offices. Prior to rejoining the FTC in April 2018, Alden served in legal management positions at the Heritage Foundation (2014-2018) and BlackBerry (2012-2014). He has also held a variety of senior positions in the federal government, including at the FTC (Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Bureau of Competition); the Department of Commerce (Acting General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Chief Counsel of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration); and the Department of Justice (Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust).


Meredith Addy
Partner, AddyHart P.C.
One of the Most Influential Women in IP Law

Meredith “Mimi” Addy is a business and legal strategist with over 25 years of litigation experience. She has handled more than 30 cases before trial courts and argued more than 40 appeals to the Federal Circuit. Addy has held leadership positions at several AmLaw100 firms and is a recipient of many awards and honors. She has testified before Congress to address issues relating to the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law.  Addy has been a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council and a member of the board of directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.  She is also a founder of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and she served as its first president. Addy has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law by Law360.


Todd Dickinson
Senior Partner, Polsinelli
Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Todd Dickinson is a senior partner with Polsinelli, is a former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Todd has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with management responsibility for all IP, including management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. Most recently, Todd served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), which is one of the world’s leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property, where he played a key role in the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and the subsequent PTO rules. Todd has been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (2016) and was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2012. He has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Peoplein IP by Managing Intellectual Property numerous times.


Tracy-Gene Durkin
Partner, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC

Tracy-Gene Durkin is a partner with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC. Simply stated, she is widely regarded as the leading authority on design patents in the United States. She is the head of the firm’s Mechanical and Design Patent Group and has been the attorney representing some of the world’s most iconic brands. With nearly thirty years of experience obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, Durkin is sought out by leading consumer product companies around the world for her deep understanding of utility and design patents, trademarks, and copyrights.


Chris Israel
Partner, Sterne, American Continental Group

Chris Israel is a partner at American Continental Group, one of Washington’s top government affairs and strategic consulting firms. Chris is an accomplished public and private sector executive with senior-level appointments by the President of the United States, service on Capitol Hill and a senior-level experience within a Fortune 50 company. A frequent speaker on IP and innovation issues, Chris was named one of the 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine in 2006. He was also the first U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual


Phil Johnson
Johnson-IP Strategy
Former Senior Vice President IP Policy & Strategy, Johnson & Johnson

Phil Johnson recently retired from his position as senior vice president and chief IP counsel at Johnson & Johnson after serving nearly two decades in various leadership roles for the multi-national corporation.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson as Chief Patent Counsel, he was a well-respected patent litigator for nearly two decades. Johnson played a key role in both the drafting and passage of the America Invents Act and was subsequently appointed a member of a six-person committee formed by the director of the USPTO to make recommendations on regulations to implement the inter partes review and post grant review proceedings that were established by the Act. Johnson has served numerous industry organizations during his career, including as president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2017.


Efrat KasznikEfrat Kasznik
President of Foresight Valuation Group and Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Efrat Kasznik is President of Foresight Valuation Group and a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Efrat is a Silicon-Valley based valuation and intellectual property expert with two decades of consulting experience, focusing on assisting IP holders across industries with the creation, commercialization and monetization of their intangible assets. She helps clients, ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, with IP and business valuations in support of licensing deals, IP and technology acquisitions, M&A transactions, financial reporting, strategic planning and fundraising. She frequently serves as a testifying expert in disputes involving IP and startup valuations and damages. Efrat currently serves as Chair of the High-Tech Sector – LES USA-Canada, and has been recognized as one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM every year since 2013.


Sherry Knowles
Principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Sherry Knowles is an intellectual property attorney with 30 years of experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006-2010, Ms. Knowles was the Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, where she served as the worldwide head of patents for all litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices. At GSK, Ms. Knowles was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Technology Investment Board, the Product Management Board, the Legal Management Team and she led the Global Patents Executive Team.


Stephen Kunin
Partner, Maier & Maier

Steve Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony.  In addition to serving as an expert witness, Mr. Kunin has vast experience in providing lectures on recent US patent law developments across the USA, Europe and the Far East.  He has more than 48 years of experience in the patent profession.


Jack Lu
Partner and Chief Economist of Intellectual Property Market Advisory Partners (IPMAP)

Jack Lu , PhD, CFA, is a Partner and Chief Economist of Intellectual Property Market Advisory Partners (IPMAP) at Austin, Texas. An economist & financial analyst with an engineering background & research credentials, Jack specializes in economic study, financial analysis, assets valuation, & strategic advisory for IP transactions & litigation, and for IP-intensive corporate transactions & disputes in financing (VC & PE), M&A, equity investment, & distressed assets investment. He currently serves as the Sr. VP for Economic Analysis & Survey, Licensing Executives Society (LES USA Canada).


Chief Judge Paul Michel (ret.)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Paul Redmond Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. On May 31, 2010, Chief Judge Michel stepped down from the bench after serving more than 22 years on the court. Judge Michel was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame in 2010. In his years on the bench, Judge Michel judged thousands of appeals and wrote over 800 opinions, approximately one-third of which were in patent cases. Judge Michel continues to be a forceful advocate for a strong patent system and testifies regularly on Capitol Hill.


Kirupa Pushparaj
Director of IP, Square

Kirupa Pushparaj is the director of intellectual property at Square, Inc, where he leads a team that is responsible for all aspects of Square’s intellectual property globally. He protects Square’s innovation and rights by managing its patent, copyright, and trademark portfolios and is responsible for all of Square’s IP litigation, covering patents, domains, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Additionally, Kirupa leads Square’s legal operations team that is responsible for championing innovation, efficiency, and adoption of emerging technologies across the legal team. Before Square, Kirupa was IP counsel for Lab126 – the digital technology arm of – and was at Perkins Coie LLP before that, where he practiced patent prosecution and IP litigation. Prior to practicing law, Kirupa was a practicing engineer, first as a software engineer at Siemens Telecommunications Limited, and then as a hardware design engineer at Intel Corp., where he worked on semiconductor circuit design and process technology. Kirupa is also an adjunct professor for over eight years at various California universities, including Stanford University, the University of the Pacific, and the University of California, Davis. He has been recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers, as Corporate IP Counsel of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times, as Corporate IP Star by Managing IP, as Best Under 40 Lawyers by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has been included in the IAM 300 list of World’s Leading IP Strategists. He has also received multiple Wiley W Manuel awards for his continued pro bono services. He serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley IP Law Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Silicon Valley) and is an advisory board member for two tech startups in the Silicon Valley. Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation


Gene Quinn
President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc.
Patent Attorney & Publisher of

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the Founder and Publisher of has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog, multiple times as the top IP blog, and in 2014 was inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. Gene has twice (2017 & 2018) been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world. He has also been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP (2014). Regarded as an expert on software patentability and U.S. patent procedure, Gene’s particular specialty is in the area of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building, and patent prosecution strategies.


Russ SliferRuss Slifer
Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the last two years. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all of the day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region. Russell has practiced intellectual property law for the last 23 years. Prior to his government service and work at Micron Technology, he was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than eight years in private practice in Minnesota, helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.


Bob StollBob Stoll
Partner, Drinker Biddle
Former Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

Bob Stoll has 40 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and a thorough understanding of both foreign and domestic intellectual property laws thanks to his experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently co-chair of Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Bob retired from the USPTO as Commissioner for Patents at the end of 2011 after a distinguished 34-year government career. Bob manages patent prosecution for several multi-national corporations and troubleshoots particularly difficult patent applications himself. He conducts portfolio analysis and provides opinion work. Bob advises on post-grant procedures before the USPTO and engages in policy work on patent issues. Bob regularly testifies as an expert on patent practice and represents other attorneys and firms before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at the USPTO.


John White

John White

John White
Partner, Berenato & White
Principal Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute Patent Bar Review Course

John White is a US patent attorney and a patent lecturer. He is an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and he is also the principal lecturer/author of the PLI Patent Bar Review Course, a course that he originally created. Since John began teaching patent bar review courses in 1995, he has personally taught close to 50% of all practicing patent attorneys and patent agents how to successfully become admitted to the Patent Bar. John has also taught numerous US Patent Examiners at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in the “Law and Evidence Course” necessary for them to advance to Partial Negotiation authority as Examiners. John serves as an expert witness in patent litigations and is regarded as a leading authority on patent practice and procedure. He maintains a select patent practice largely aimed at assisting start-up technology companies increase and monetize their patent portfolios.