Robert L. Stoll is a partner on the Patent team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Group. In October of 2013, he was appointed, by Chief Judge Rader, to a three-year term on the CAFC Advisory Council and was reappointed for another three-year term in 2016 by Chief Judge Sharon Prost. He is also serving a three-year term (2018-2021) on the Board of Directors for the American Intellectual Property Law Association. As the former USPTO Commissioner for Patents, he was instrumental in the passage of landmark patent legislation, the America Invents 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 has a deep understanding of domestic and foreign intellectual property law. 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. He earned his J.D. in 1985 from the Catholic University of America and his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the University of Maryland.