IPWatchdog Team

IPWatchdog.com is the leading Intellectual Property Law Journal on the Internet.  After being recognized as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the American Bar Association for 5 years in a row (ranking #1 in 2010, 2012, and 2013), in January 2014 we were inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame.  Since that time, IPWatchdog.com has grown by leaps and bounds, and today is a media company that provides live and online training, weekly webinars, virtual and live exclusive seminars led by top thought leaders in the industry, as well as an annual meeting, IPWatchdog LIVE.

Meet the IPWatchdog team!

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy.  Mr. Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine, in both 2014 and 2019.  From 2017-2020, Mr. Quinn has also been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world, and in 2021 he was recognized by IAM in their inaugural Strategy 300 Global Leaders list.  Mr. Quinn founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and he is currently President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. According to IAM Magazine, Mr. Quinn “has reshaped the IP debate in the United States in a way that has forced policymakers to carefully consider the macroeconomic effects of IP law and its potential to drive innovation and economic activity.”

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Renée C. Quinn is the Chief Operating Officer for IPWatchdog, Inc.  She has worked with IPWatchdog since April of 2006, performing a variety of roles over the years.  Renée oversees all of the day-to-day operational, procedural, financial, and administrative aspects of IPWatchdog, Inc.  She is the main point of contact for the company and manages all aspects of IPWatchdog program sales and sponsorships.  Renée is also responsible for managing all aspects of all IPWatchdog programs, including our Masters series of events and our annual meeting, IPWatchdog LIVE, as well as the IPWatchdog Institute suite of courses.

Renée has a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Business Administration, with a focus on e-commerce and Internet marketing.

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Eileen McDermott is our Editor-in-Chief. A veteran IP and legal journalist, Eileen started with IPWatchdog in January 2019.  Eileen is no stranger to the intellectual property world, having held editorial and managerial positions at several publications and industry organizations since she first entered the industry more than a decade ago.

Most recently she has acted as an editorial consultant for the International Trademark Association (INTA), chiefly overseeing the editorial process for the Association’s twice-monthly newsletter, the INTA Bulletin.  Eileen has also served as a freelance editor for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); as a senior consulting editor for the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) from 2015 to 2017; as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief at INTA from 2013 to 2016.  She was also Americas Editor for Managing Intellectual Property magazine from 2007 to 2013.

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Katarzyna (Kasia) Kryca joined IPWatchdog in November 2020 as our Office Manager and was promoted to VP of Operations at the end of 2022.  Kasia is an integral member of the IPWatchdog team, where she manages all aspects of IPWatchdog webinars and works directly with Gene and Renée in managing the events and programs side of IPWatchdog.

She was born and raised in Poland.  She studied at the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland, achieving her B.Sc. in management and marketing.  In her first job out of college, Kasia worked as a Managing Director’s Executive Assistant and a Senior Operations Manager for a trading company in Tychy, Poland.

Prior to joining the IPWatchdog team, Kasia spent 12 years as the administrative and financial manager of an international business development consulting firm based in Reston, VA.  She has lived in Italy, Armenia, and Croatia, and moved permanently to the USA in 2006.  Kasia lives in Reston, VA, with her husband Glenn, son Colin, and her dog, Moby.

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Ryley Decoteau joined IPWatchdog as an Administrative Assistant in March of 2023, where she is tasked with assisting the executive team in various capacities including updating speaker profiles on IPWatchdog.com, and assisting with all aspects of the IPWatchdog series of live events.  She recently graduated from the University of Georgia as a First Honor Graduate with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Ryley loves to travel and has so far visited 17 countries.  Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she is excited to be living in Northern Virginia with her partner, Nick, and their pug, Lilo.

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Natalie Hayman joined IPWatchdog as a part-time Business Development Assistant in December of 2022, where she is tasked with assisting the executive team in various capacities including updating and maintaining our database, updating speaker profiles on IPWatchdog.com, and posting to and maintaining our social media accounts regularly.  Natalie will graduate from Tuscarora High School in June of 2024.  After high school, she plans to study Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at a top university.  When she is not in the office, she performs research for her independent research project involving both neuroscience and psychology, plays volleyball with her high school team, is a volunteer tutor for both math and science, and spends time with her friends and family.

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Dusty Quinn is a 75-pound German Short-Haired Pointer, who along with his 5 litter mates, was born on January 4, 2020.  Dusty joined IPWatchdog on March 18, 2020, as Director of Security in charge of alerting us of pending threats, and walking our female employees to their cars at the end of the day.  He has also voluntarily taken on the task of letting us know when it is time to stop working for the day, by jumping on our laps and whining.  Dusty’s favorite snacks include bully sticks and pig ears, and he enjoys chewing on sticks, chasing birdies, playdates at the Puppy Park, playing “Mommy, Chase Me” and taking naps.  Dusty lives in Northern VA with his mom and dad and his 2 days younger sister Luna (same dad, different mom).

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Luna Bella Quinn is a 55-pound German Short-Haired Pointer, who along with her 6 litter mates, was born on January 6, 2020.  Luna joined IPWatchdog on March 18, 2020, as the Director of Employee Enrichment, where she is responsible for greeting our employees and guests each day and overseeing employees’ break times.  She makes sure our employees get their much-needed fresh air and sunshine throughout the day, by periodically bringing a ball to various employees throughout the day and insists on “playtime.”  Luna enjoys chasing birdies and fetching balls thrown with a ChuckIt! Ball Launcher, balls on ropes, kick balls, and any other ball someone is willing to throw for her.  Luna lives in Northern VA with her mom and dad and her 2 days older brother Dusty (same dad, different mom).

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