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Russ Slifer - SLW Attorney
Areas of Practice
  • Electrical & Computers
  • Software & E-Commerce
  • Mechanical & Electromechanical
IP Services
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
  • Opinions
  • Freedom To Operate
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Russell Slifer is a highly accomplished and respected patent attorney with a wealth of experience in the field of intellectual property. With his extensive background as both a chief patent counsel at Micron Semiconductor and a former Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he brings unparalleled expertise and insight to his role as an expert witness in patent law.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Slifer has demonstrated a deep understanding of the intricacies of patent law, making him a sought-after authority in the industry. As the chief patent counsel at Micron Semiconductor, a leading global provider of advanced memory and storage solutions, he played a pivotal role in managing the company’s vast patent portfolio and protecting its innovative technologies. His strategic guidance and meticulous attention to detail have consistently ensured the enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights, contributing to Micron Semiconductor’s success.

Following his tenure at Micron Semiconductor, Russ served as the Deputy Director of the USPTO, where he oversaw a wide range of critical responsibilities. He provided leadership and direction in shaping patent policy, examining patent applications, and implementing initiatives to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the patent system. His role at the USPTO allowed him to gain invaluable insights into the inner workings of the patent office, enabling him to offer comprehensive and well-informed perspectives on patent-related matters.

Today, Mr. Slifer leverages his extensive background and expertise to serve as an expert witness in patent law cases. As an expert witness, he offers objective analysis, strategic guidance, and compelling testimony, providing invaluable support to attorneys and their clients in complex patent litigation matters. With his vast knowledge of patent law, combined with his hands-on experience in managing patent portfolios and shaping patent policy, Russ is uniquely positioned to deliver expert opinions and insights that are highly regarded within the legal community.

Mr. Slifer’s commitment to excellence, integrity, and dedication to the protection of intellectual property rights have earned him the respect and admiration of peers and clients alike. His contributions to the field of patent law, both as a thought leader and as a practitioner, have made a significant impact on the industry. Whether serving as chief patent counsel, deputy director of the USPTO, or expert witness, Russ continues to demonstrate unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards in patent law and delivering exceptional results for his clients.


Northern Illinois University
, 1994, J.D.

Iowa State University
Ames, IA, 1988
B.S. in Electrical Engineering


Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations

Bar Admissions
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office