9th Annual Distinguished IP Professional

The distinguished IP Professional Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the intellectual property community and a lifetime commitment to invention and innovation.

The IPO Education Foundation is Delighted to Announce
the 2016 Distinguished IP Professional


Mr. Seth P. Waxman
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP

Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 to 2001, Seth Waxman is a partner at WilmerHale and a member of the faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a 1973 graduate (summa cum laude) of Harvard College, and a 1977 graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the  Yale Law Journal.

Mr. Waxman’s practice, which spans both trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts, includes substantial focus on intellectual-property litigation, particularly patent litigation in the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court (where he has argued 76 cases, including Samsung v. Apple, Commil v. Cisco, Limelight  v. Akamai, Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola, Medtronic v. Boston Scientific, Monsanto v. Bowman, Microsoft v. i4i, eBay  v. MercExchange, and Intel v. AT&T).  Later this Term he will argue First Quality v. SCA  and Life Technologies v. Promega.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute, and the American Academy of Appellate Attorneys, Mr. Waxman has received numerous awards for public service, scholarship, and advocacy, including the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Law and the American Bar Association’s  Pro Bono Publico award.

 Mr. Waxman was honored on 6 December at the Foundation Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.

View the tribute video!

Past Distinguished IP Professional Award Winners