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Stafford, Patrick

Patrick Stafford

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8188
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Patrick Stafford is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington DC office.  He joined the firm in 2018.  His practice focuses on intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement, patent licensing, trademark, and trade secrets.  He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and has applied his technical training to patent litigation matter involving technologies such as semiconductors, power controller chips, mobile device software, light-emitting diodes, sensors, signal processing, and data processing.  Patrick has tried cases in federal courts throughout the country, before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical and business method arts before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices.  While in law school, Patrick served as vice president of the George Washington University Law School’s Moot Court Board. Prior to and during law school, Patrick worked as a primary patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, focusing on semiconductor, lasers, and optical communication technologies.

  • The George Washington University Law School
  • (J.D., 2012)
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • (B.S., Electrical Engineering & German, 2006)

The State Bar of Virginia ;The District of Columbia Bar; Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch for Intellectual Property Law, 2023-2024
  • Named Managing Intellectual Property – “Rising Star” (2020-2023)
  • Named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2016-2020)
  • Primary Author, “Protecting Designs Through Trademarks and Trade Dress at the USITC,” ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Volume 9, Issue 4, Mar./Apr. 2017.
  • Primary Author, “Patent Office Issues Updated Guidelines on Section 101 Subject Matter Eligibility Determinations,” Lexology, May 23, 2016.
  • Author, “Ambiguity In Court’s Construction Creates Objective Reasonableness Of Infringement And Negates Exceptional Case Determination,” Lexology, Mar. 30, 2015.
  • Author, “Untimely Presentation Of Updated Mandatory Notice Is Not A Cause For Termination,” Lexology, Mar. 6, 2015.
  • Author, “Declarant Must Be Made Available For Deposition In The United States,” Lexology, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • Author, “Federal Government May Be Liable For Patent Infringement By Private Companies Performing Quasi-Governmental Functions,” Lexology, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • Author, “Doctrine of Equivalents Requires Full Analysis,” Lexology, Oct. 31, 2014.
  • Author, “Petitioner Barred From Raising Arguments Not In Petition,” Lexology, Oct. 10, 2014.
  • Author, “Patent Owner Bears Burden Of Proving Proposed Claims Patentable,” Lexology, Sept. 4, 2014.
  • Author, “Product May Acquire Non-Infringing Status, Even As To Adjudicated Method Claims, After A Prior Finding Of Non-Infringement Of Apparatus Claims,” Lexology, May 2, 2014.
  • Author, “Statements Describing ‘The Present Invention’ Limit Claim Scope,’” Lexology, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Author, “Exhaustion Applies To The Entire Patent, Not Specific Claims,” Lexology, Nov. 28, 2013.