Todd R. Walters is the Chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation practice. He is the current Chair of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the current Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) section. He has previously served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and Executive Management team and Co-leader of the IP Section. He has previously served as Chair of the Interference Committee of the AIPLA. He has also served as Vice-chair of the Interference Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) association for approximately ten years.
Todd focuses his practice on many phases of intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on inter partes matters before the PTAB, and in federal courts representing clients in well over one hundred inter partes matters. Todd has worked on all types of technologies, including matters in the biotechnology, chemical, electrical, mechanical, and pharmaceutical fields. He has aided clients in settlement of proceedings and prevailed on patentability and priority issues. He has further prevailed in complex, multi-party, and multi-application inter partes matters and has represented clients in actions before district courts and the Federal Circuit. He has experience in counseling clients in most other aspects of intellectual property, including patent procurement, infringement and validity analysis, opinion writing, and federal litigation.
Todd is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only honor, given to less than one half of one percent of all American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service. Todd has been named as a leader in his field in the Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners. He was identified as one of the “World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. He was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s best lawyers. Todd has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 and 2018. He was also selected as a 2018 WIPR Leader, which names leading IP practitioners across the world in patent and trademark sections.
Todd was recommended in IAM's Patent 1000, on the national level for post-grant proceedings. He has also been recognized in Chambers USA for his intellectual property work. In addition, Todd was recognized for his work in the (national) intellectual property and PTAB Litigation practices as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, where his peers noted him for being, “highly ethical and very considerate,” as well as, “very knowledgeable about prosecution and [the] interference/IPR practice.”
Todd was the originator and organizer of the popular Interference Practice in the New Millennium series of seminars on interference practice. He wrote commentary for the AIPLA and IPO that helped shaped the rules of practice for interferences adopted by the USPTO in 2004.
Todd was an invited member of a blue ribbon committee of the AIPLA that addressed patent law reforms, including first-inventor-to-file, inter partes review, and post-grant review issues. Much of this work is found in legislation adopted by Congress in the America Invents Act. Todd has been a frequent lecturer on PTAB proceedings.
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1991
University of Maryland, B.S.Ch.E., 1987
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
Current Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL USPTO Post-Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee, Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
Current Vice-Chair, USPTO Inter Partes Patent Proceedings Committee, American Intellectual Property Association
Past chair, Interference Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Former vice chair, Patent Interferences Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association
Virginia Bar Association