Philip J. Hoffmann
Philip J. Hoffmann is a senior attorney in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation practice. Phil focuses his practice on America Invents Act (AIA) trials, including inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR), at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also provides related patent counseling.
Before joining the firm, Phil worked as an Administrative Patent Judge (APJ) at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He started at the PTAB in 2012, the year the AIA went into effect. As an APJ, Phil served on numerous AIA trial panels, and authored more than 600 opinions for the Board, including the issuance of many trial orders and evidentiary determinations. Through his work as an APJ, Phil developed an insider’s perspective on the evolution of AIA procedures. Phil has handled cases in a variety of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, business methods, design, financial technology (fintech), and software.
Phil began his career in intellectual property law as a patent examiner at the USPTO. After, he worked in private practice for a number of years. Prior to working in law, Phil worked as engineer in Lockheed Martin’s Astronautics Division. There, he designed components for the Mars Orbiter as a part of the 1998 Mars Surveyor Program (MSP’98), as well as for Lockheed’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) rocket program. As a result of his experience, Phil has handled all aspects of the patent life cycle, including inventing, preparing, filing, prosecuting, deciding, and judging.
Phil graduated cum laude with a mechanical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and received his JD degree, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School.
- Cited, “Washington-area appointments and promotions for Feb. 15,” The Washington Post (February 14, 2021)
- Cited, “Laterals, Moves,” Bloomberg Law (February 5, 2021)
- Featured, “Former PTO Judges Find New Roles at Biotech Startup, Ropes & Gray,” The National Law Journal (February 4, 2021)
- Speaker, “Insights from the PTAB Bench,” Ropes & Gray PTAB Webinar (February 24, 2021)
- JD, with Honors, The George Washington University Law School, 2001
- BSME, cum laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1995
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2008