Gene is a US Patent Attorney, Law Professor and a prominent commentator on patent and innovation issues and policy. He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene’s particular specialty as a patent attorney is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He has worked with independent inventors and start-up businesses in a variety of different technology fields, although his particular expertise is with software, computers, the Internet and associated systems and methods.
Gene is known by many as “The IPWatchdog.” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had millions of unique visitors. At least in part due to the notoriety he developed through IPWatchdog.com, Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, Popular Mechanics, CNN Money, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. Gene was granted press credentials by the US Supreme Court in November 2009 to cover the Bilski oral arguments, and appears to be the first blogger to be granted such credentials by the Supreme Court. He has also covered several en banc hearings at the Federal Circuit, he has interviewed Judge Randall Rader and Acting Patent Commissioner Peggy Focarino, and the American Bar Association selected IPWatchdog.com as one of the top 100 websites by lawyers for lawyers in December 2009.
Between 2003 and 2007 Gene wrote a monthly column for Patent World and served on the Patent World editorial board. He has also previously taught a variety of intellectual property courses at the law school level, including patent law, patent claim drafting, patent prosecution, copyright law, trademark law and introduction to intellectual property. Between 1998 and 2008 Gene taught at Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University School of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, Franklin Pierce Law Center and Whittier Law School. Gene presently teaches as an Adjunct Professor for Concord Law School.
Prior to moving into the academic world, Gene was employed at a general civil litigation firm, where he primarily engaged in representing clients involved in complex litigation matters. In addition he was a founding member and managing partner of Smith, Quinn & Associates, a small intellectual property boutique firm located in Concord, New Hampshire, and later a founding member of White & Quinn, a patent boutique located in Northern Virginia. He also spent two years as Vice President and General Counsel for an independent record label in Orlando, Florida.
Gene is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent Office (Reg. No. 44,294) and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As a patent attorney he is able to represent inventors and businesses seeking patents across the United States.