Robert L. Stoll is a partner on the Patent team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He earned his J.D. 1985 from the Catholic University of America and his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Maryland. As the former USPTO Commissioner for Patents, he was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invests Act, and lauded for his efforts to reduce patent pendency and improve patent quality. He has spent his career improving the intellectual property system and educating the public, applicants, corporations and foreign governments on the criticality of intellectual property to economic growth and job creation. The 2012 recipient of Managing Intellectual Property magazine’s lifetime achievement in intellectual property award, 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.