Gene Quinn

Chief Executive Officer at IPWatchdog Inc

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is the founder and publisher of, which he started in 1999. has been recognised multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog and as the top IP blog. In 2014 was inducted into the American Bar Association Blawg Hall of Fame.

Mr Quinn has twice been named one of the top 50 most influential people in intellectual property by Managing IP magazine, most recently in 2019. Since 2017, he has been recognised by IAM as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world.

Regarded as an expert on software patentability and patent procedure, Mr Quinn specialises in the areas of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building and patent prosecution strategies. He also advises on litigation strategy and appeals.

Mr Quinn began his career as a litigator handling civil litigation matters and has been a patent attorney for two decades. He has taught a variety of IP courses at the law school level, including courses on patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution and copyright and trademark law at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, the University of Toledo College of Law, the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the John Marshall Law School (Chicago). Since 2000, Mr Quinn has taught the leading patent bar review course in the United States; and he now teaches new patent practitioners how to prepare and strategically prosecute patent applications.

Mr Quinn is admitted to practise law in New Hampshire and before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a registered patent attorney licensed to practise before the USPTO.

IAM says

For insightful analysis of the hottest patent and technology issues of the day, Gene Quinn is the go-to. Many innovative minds and policy makers consider him a guiding light in areas including portfolio development and patent strategy and on issues such as subject matter eligibility.

Professional associations

  • AIPF
  • New Hampshire Bar Association


  • IAM/IC
  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Technology transfer

Firm details

IPWatchdog Inc
525-K East Market Street 331
Leesburg VA 20176
United States

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