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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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Russ Slifer is a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused on intellectual property law since 1994, helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to help protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.

Russ served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the Obama Administration. As Deputy Director, Russ managed all day-to-day operations of the USPTO. He was also the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Region Patent Office, prior to his appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, serving as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Prior to his government service, Russ was the Chief Patent Counsel for Micron Technology where he managed a very large patent portfolio. Russ started his professional career as a design engineer for Honeywell.


Northern Illinois University
, 1994, J.D.

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


Bar Admissions & Associations
Bar Admissions & Associations

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office