JPS Luncheon: Robert L. Stoll, “An Insider’s View to the Implementation of the America Invents Act and to Practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office”

Robert L. Stoll

Robert L. Stoll

For the February 14th, 2013 installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series Robert L. Stoll, partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Intellectual Property Practice Group, and former commissioner for patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, presented “An Insider’s View to the Implementation of the America Invents Act and to Practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.”

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About the Keynote

As someone familiar with the inner workings of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), from a career spanning almost 30 years, Stoll had a unique vantage point to learn the complexities of the America Invents Act. Ending his government service as the commissioner for patents just a few months prior to his keynote, he discussed how patentees can better protect their valuable patents and how challengers can advantage their positions in contesting competitors’ patents. He provided insights about what factors to evaluate when deciding whether to use the new “inter partes review” procedures and the “post-grant review” procedures or to go to the courts instead. He also talked about the tactics that would provide the best outcomes in both procedures. Stoll also detailed how the new supplemental examination procedures will function, and talked about the changes to inequitable conduct in the United States. Lastly, Stoll provided insight relating to some recent case-law decisions and tips about how to improve your chances of getting a good patent from the USPTO.

About the Speaker

Robert L. Stoll is a partner on the patent team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. As the former USPTO commissioner for patents, Stoll was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents Act, and was lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. He has spent his career improving the intellectual property system and educating the public, applicants, corporations, and foreign governments on the criticality of intellectual property to economic growth and job creation.

The 2012 recipient of Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s lifetime achievement in intellectual property award, Stoll has a deep understanding of domestic and foreign intellectual property law. He was instrumental in the development and analysis of legislation concerning all areas of intellectual property and was one of the country’s leaders in establishing the U.S. government’s positions on international issues related to intellectual property.

Stoll holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland and earned his law degree from Catholic University while working at the USPTO.  

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