Standard Essential Patents – September 10-11, 2019

Regular Price
Aug. 1 through Aug. 31
Breakfast, lunch and networking refreshment breaks included. Optional Networking Reception & Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on September 10, 2019


Late Registration
Starting Sept. 1
Breakfast, lunch and networking refreshment breaks included. Optional Networking Reception & Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on September 10, 2019


Brief Description:

Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs) exist to identify and select the best innovations the entire industry will build upon. Those contributing patented technologies are asked to provide a FRAND assurance, in essence committing to provide access to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory basis.

SEPs represent pioneering innovation that the entire industry will build upon. They represent ubiquitous innovation, which creates many legal problems. This Patent Masters™ Symposium will explore SEPs by looking at SSO policies, government activity, litigation, industry licensing practices, FRAND and more.

Patent Masters Faculty


Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
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Optional Networking Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Arlington following the program on day 1, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Tickets are available for program attendees to purchase.

Program Agenda


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“I learned more in two days at the IPWatchdog Masters symposium than I’ve learned in the past year on the job.  Each speaker truly was a “master” of their subject matter and provided valuable insight into the inner workings of the patent system and thoughtful ideas on ways to improve.  The symposium gave me access to experts who sat down with me one-on-one and shared their ideas about some of the big issues facing us as patent practitioners.”

– Megan McLoughlin, LexisNexis IP (June 2019).

From the June 2019 Patent Masters Symposium. Left to Right: John White, Gene Quinn, Jim Carmichael, and Grant Philpott.

About Patent Masters

Chief Judge Paul Michel at the Patent Masters™ Symposium, June 2019.

What you really need to know about the Courts, Government, licensing practices and SSOs. 


Sometimes it is important to know what is going on behind the scenes. This was the genesis of the Patent Masters™ symposium.

Unlike many other programs where faculty speak and leave, the faculty of the Patent Masters™ symposium remain throughout the two-day event, offering their insight and feedback as each “Master” presents on a topic of their choosing.  This is one of the truly unique aspects of the Patent Masters™ symposium — attendees are true participants in high-level discussions with key influencers in the patent industry.

Grant Philpott, COO of the EPO’s CII division speaking at the Patent Masters™ Symposium, June 2019.

While there are any number of conferences one can attend, there are few (if any) that offer such an intimate setting where interested, thoughtful professionals can safely engage industry thought leaders and influencers in wide-ranging discussions on a variety of issues. The goal of the two-day event is to inform participants about what is truly happening behind the scenes in a full, fair and frank manner.

Phil Hartstein, CEO of Finjan, Inc., speaking at the June 2019 Patent Masters™ Symposium.

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

Sessions are highly interactive and offer ample time to speak and interact with faculty and other participants. Enrollment is limited to encourage dialogue and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for participation.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided each day.  A cocktail reception for attendees and faculty is held on the first night of the symposium, followed by an optional dinner immediately following.


Hear what others have to say:

“Hands down one of the most engaging and interesting legal conferences I have attended.

– Jake Moore, Womble Bond Dickinson (June 2019).

“Intimate forum in which to share thoughts with a distinguished group of attorneys, economists, historians, and others on an important patent issue.”

– Nanda Alapati, Womble Bond Dickinson (June 2019).

“Patent Masters was a small, exclusive gathering of Masters and attendees, which allowed insightful discussions on key topics simply not possible in any other way.  This distinguishes Patent Masters from all other events.  Not to mention the outstanding experiences and knowledge shared so generously by every one of the Masters!”

— Vishal Sharma, Metanoia, Inc. (Critical Systems Thinking) (March 2019).

“Masterfully Crafted…  Makes you look at patents through the lens of social and political responsibility”

— Dwadasi Sarma, Purdue Research Foundation (March 2019).

“It was all awesome!”

— Bob Ryan, Holland & Hart LLP (July 2018).

“Educational and impactful closed-door confidential discussions with thoughtful movers and shakers.”

— Eric Gould Bear, President & CEO, MONKEYmedia, Inc. (July 2018).

“Patent Masters is the way more seminars should be; relatively small, interactive, with a good variety of participants having different viewpoints and backgrounds, and a core faculty of clear experts in the field.”

— Scott Pierce, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP (July 2018).

“Many times at events you will see people on smartphones or laptops, not really paying attention. I was pleased to see no laptops or smartphones out, with everyone thoroughly engaged throughout. I think that speaks volumes about the quality of the program.”

— Gene Quinn, President & CEO, IPWatchdog, Inc. (July 2018)

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