PHILIPPE SIGNORE, Ph.D., is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He chairs the firm's Mechanical Patent Prosecution group; co-chairs the Opinions and Counseling practice group; and is a partner in the Electrical Patent Prosecution practice group. He also chairs the firm's Industrial Designs practice group.
Mr. Signore’s practice includes counseling clients involved in patent disputes and litigation, drafting legal opinions, conducting due diligence, handling reexaminations, and managing patent portfolios. In counseling clients, he seeks to match their business needs to the legal tools available.
With a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Signore is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, to the District of Columbia Bar, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and various federal courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Signore’s technical experience covers various industries including aerospace, semiconductors, automotive, energy, consumer electronics, computer hardware, software, and packaging. He studied solid state physics, including superconductivity, low temperature physics, and magnetic materials while achieving a Ph.D. in Physics. He is bilingual in English and French.
Mr. Signore regularly publishes and lectures on patent law issues in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He is an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason School of Law, where he teaches patent law. He also serves as a faculty member of the Patent Law Institute. He teaches U.S. patent law at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg, France. He gives an annual year-in-review lecture on U.S. patent law for the French Association of In-House Patent Specialists (ASPI). He frequently visits corporations in Europe and Japan to counsel them on the latest developments in U.S. patent law. In 2002, Mr. Signore was the recipient of the 30th Annual Rossman Award as the author of an article in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, which “made the greatest contribution to the fields of Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.”