Robert Stoll, the former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office commissioner for patents, has joined Drinker Biddle & Reath, the firm announced Thursday.
Stoll joins the firm as a partner on the patent team of the intellectual property practice group.
“I will probably be focusing on some of the new changes that the AIA will bring,” Stoll said in an interview, referring to the America Invents Act, the patent legislation passed last year. “I will help companies navigate through those changes and advise them on how to practice before the new regime.”
Stoll, who spent 29 years with the patent office, worked to educate businesses and governments across the globe about how patents effect global economics. He also played a role in the passage of the AIA, which changed the patent process from a “first to invent” method to a “first to file” system.
The act, Stoll said, demonstrates a U.S. commitment to global harmonization of patent and trademark laws. He is barred from arguing before the Patent and Trademark Office for two years, but will be able to advise clients during that time.