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Q. Todd Dickinson

Senior Partner, Polsinelli, Former USPTO Director

As the former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Todd Dickinson possesses an in-depth knowledge of the USPTO and its practices, as well as an uncommon perspective on all facets of U.S. and international IP practice and policy.

During his 35-year career, Todd has also been Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, with overall corporate responsibility for all IP, including the management of extensive patent and trademark portfolios. This senior-level in-house experience gives him an intimate understanding of the issues, problems and budget challenges facing corporate counsel.

Most recently, Todd served as the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of more than 15,000 members, and 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, including all aspects of post-grant review.

Whether it is planning a new patent prosecution program, handling an appeal or amicus brief at the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or understanding the effect of the latest IP legislation on your company, few attorneys offer such a breadth of experience in both in-house IP management and domestic and global IP policy matters and government relations. Using this knowledge and experience, Todd strives to achieve positive outcomes for clients’ most pressing IP challenges.

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