Patent Masters™ Symposium

Upcoming Masters Program Schedule:

Patent Litigation Masters™ May 23-24, 2022

Trademarks & Brand Protection Masters™ June 27-28, 2022

Life Sciences Masters™ October 12, 2022

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Standard Essential Patent Masters™ Oct 31 – Nov 1, 2022

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In-depth and interactive.

What you really need to know about the Courts, the Hill and the PTO. 


Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.) on July 31, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium in Washington, DC.

Chief Judge Paul Michel (CAFC, ret.) on July 31, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium in Washington, DC.

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

Russell Slifer, Former Deputy Director of the USPTO, at Patent Masters March 2019, with Judge Michel looking on.

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.

Todd Dickinson, Former USPTO Director, at Patent Masters March 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.

The Patent Masters™ symposium is a high-level, interactive, limited enrollment seminar for attorneys and executives 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.

Former Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll (left) and Deputy General Counsel for BIO Hans Sauer (right), July 30, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium in Washington, DC.

Former Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll (left) and Deputy General Counsel for BIO Hans Sauer (right), July 30, 2018, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium in Washington, DC.

Phil Johnson, at the inaugural Patent Masters symposium on July 31, 2018.

Phil Johnson, at the inaugural Patent Masters™ Symposium on July 31, 2018.

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. We will use Chatham House rules, which means information discussed can be used by attendees without attribution. This is intended to facilitate the free and frank exchange of ideas between speakers and participants while still maintaining confidentiality.

Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided each day.  There is also an option to purchase tickets to a wine reception followed by dinner for attendees and faculty on the first night of the symposium.

While much more than a typical CLE, the Patent Masters™ symposium was approved for 12 credits of CLE in Virginia for the 2018 reporting year, and a CLE application will be submitted for 2019. Virginia has reciprocity with many other states, including TX, NY, FL and CA.


See What Others Have To Say:

“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).

“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)


Cancelation Policy

Because space is extremely limited, cancellations will be subject to cancellation fees as follows:

  • Cancelations 6 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 10% processing fee*
  • Cancelations 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 20% processing fee*
  • Cancelations within the last 2 weeks prior to the event, no refund be will be given*

*In the event that we have a waiting list and can fill your spot immediately upon your cancellation, we will be happy to give you a full refund regardless of when you cancel.