Robert L. Stoll

Partner

Washington D.C.

(202) 230-5176 phone
(202) 842-8465 fax

Robert L. Stoll is a partner on the firm’s Patent team and co-chair of the 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. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents Act, and lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. Having risen from the rank of examiner to lead the 8,000-employee organization, he has spent his career improving the intellectual property system. He focused on educating the public, applicants, corporations and foreign governments on the criticality of intellectual property to economic growth and job creation and stressed the importance of a comprehensive understanding of the complex intellectual property laws to best use the system to protect an invention.

Having led the PTO’s legislative efforts, the international group, the training academy and the enforcement initiative, Bob has a deep understanding of domestic and foreign intellectual property law. He developed and delivered programs worldwide to educate foreign officials and the public. 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. He also helped develop and plan USPTO strategic goals, objectives and priorities, and served as a liaison with patent and trademark bar groups and academic and scientific communities.

In General.  Bob was the 2012 recipient of Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s lifetime achievement in intellectual property award. He is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Federal Circuit Advisory Council.

He earned his law degree from Catholic University while working at the USPTO.  He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland.

Publications

02/17/2013
The Seattle Times
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Examiners Need Time to Ramp Up
11/13/2012
Patently-O
Maintaining Post-Grant Review Estoppel in the America Invents Act: A Call for Legislative Restraint
09/07/2012
The Hill
Patent Perspective

Speaking Engagements

03/18/2014
Penn Inn of Court Program
Trouble Brewing with Trolls
11/04/2013
PLI Web Ex Briefing
Patent Eligibility in an Unsettled Time
10/21/2013
2103 Korea-US IP Judicial Conference
Patent-Approval Linkage System
08/05/2013
Federal Circuit Bar Association’s D.C. China Think Tank Discussion
Legislative Impacts on the Courts
07/11/2013
IP Law Institute
HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute Program
06/08/2013
San Francisco Patent and Trademark Law Association
Four Cases of the Apocalypse
05/28/2013
SHIGA International Patent Office Seminar
Patent Practice at the USPTO: Tips and Recent Developments
05/08/2013
Drinker Biddle / NERA
Effective Responses to Patent Trolls: We Can Cross That Bridge
04/16/2013
Inaugural Ceremony of the Tokyo IP American Inn of Court
Keynote Address
04/11/2013
Advanced Practice Under the America Invents Act
AIA: What did we achieve, what are the unintended consequences, and what still needs to be done?
04/05/2013
Intellectual Property Law section
American Bar Association Conference
03/20/2013
George Washington University Law School and the University of Virginia School of Law
Patents in an Age of Software
02/21/2013
BSA – The Software Alliance/National Association of Manufacturers
Capitalizing on Technology Innovation
11/29/2012
ACI Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents
Overcoming the Challenges and Grasping the Opportunities Presented by the PTO’s New Post-grant Review and Inter Partes Review Procedures
10/08/2012
Science and Technology in Society’s Annual Meeting
07/27/2012
CASRIP 2012 High Technology Protection Summit
06/27/2012
ACPC 2012 Summer Meeting
6/1/2012
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
5/16/2012
4th Annual Corporate IP Counsel Forum
5/16/2012
4th Annual Corporate IP Counsel Forum
05/11/2012
AIPLA Spring Meeting 2012
4/16/2012
DELVACCA 4th Annual In-House Counsel Conference
04/12/2012
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
4/5/2012
ACC Chicago
3/29/2012
PBI 6th Annual Intellectual Property Institute
2/16/2012
Patent Law Institute (6th Annual)