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Scott A. McKeown

Scott A. McKeown

Ropes & Gray LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Scott McKeown is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation practice and chair of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) group. He focuses his practice on post-grant patent counseling and litigation matters at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Scott handles all aspects of post-issuance patent proceedings, specializing in administrative trials before the PTAB, such as inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR). He also provides advice on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.

Named one of the world’s leading patent practitioners for post-grant proceedings by Intellectual Asset Management, Scott is the most active PTAB trial attorney in the U.S., having handled more than 150 PTAB matters since 2012, including those in which more than $500 million was at stake. He currently serves as lead post-grant counsel to some of the world’s best-known innovators.

As a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School and a member of the teaching faculty of the Practising Law Institute, Scott lectures and writes extensively on PTAB proceedings. He is a former chair of the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Committee 104 (Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings), and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the PTAB Bar Association. He is also a contributing editor to the Sedona Conference Working Group 10: Patent Litigation Best Practices. Scott also maintains an award-winning blog, PatentsPostGrant.com, which examines developments in patent litigation, including issues related to USPTO post issuance proceedings. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked as an electrical engineer for a government agency, troubleshooting embedded systems and circuit designs. He also has experience across a wide range of related technologies, including computer software, wireless telecommunication protocols, network architectures, e-commerce applications, analog and digital signal processing, and consumer electronics.

Scott A. McKeown is associated with the following items:
Treatise  Treatise Post-Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Journal Chapter  Journal Chapter Federal Circuit Tea Leaves: The Expected Outcome in Wi-Fi One - The Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 2017), Monday, July 10, 2017
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2017
USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters 2017 CAFC Guidance for Patent Prosecutors: Prosecutor’s Tool Box 2017 (January 15, 2018) - USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2018, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA
USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2018, Friday, September 28, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast Briefing  Live Webcast Briefing The Reinvention of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2019: Change & Recalibration, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2019: Change & Recalibration, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, New York, NY
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