Scott McKeown

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Scott McKeown is a partner at Ropes & Gray in Washington DC where he chairs the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) practice group of the IP Litigation practice. He specializes in administrative trials before the PTAB as well as appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Having successfully navigated USPTO post-grant patent proceedings in which more than half a billion dollars was at stake, he is lead post-grant counsel to some of the world’s most well-known innovators. He provides his clients comprehensive post-grant patent counseling including advice on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.

At GW Law, Mr. McKeown teaches the course USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings. The course covers all administrative trial proceedings at the USPTO as well as post issuance proceedings such as patent reexamination, reissue, interferences, derivation proceedings, and supplemental examinations.

The National Law Journal has identified Mr. McKeown as one of their 50 “Trailblazers & Pioneers” in the area of intellectual property law. Intellectual Asset Managementhas identified him as a “thought leader” and one of the world’s leading patent practitioners for adversarial post-grant USPTO patent proceedings. Managing Intellectual Property has named Mr. McKeown their 2015 “PTAB Litigator of the Year.” Mr. McKeown has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Mckeown is the editor of the well-known legal blog He lectures and writes extensively on post-grant patent proceedings at the USPTO and is also a member of the teaching faculty of the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and authors the PLI treatise Post-Grant Proceedings Before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.


BS, JD, Temple University College of Engineering/Beasley School of Law