SAM DILLON focuses on high stakes intellectual property litigation in district court, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and on appeal at the Federal Circuit. He has represented some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies in patent cases involving technologies such as computer networking, information security, cellular communications, medical devices, graphical user interfaces and pharmaceuticals. Sam has argued case-dispositive summary judgment motions, cross-examined expert witnesses, presented arguments for successful petitioners and patent owners at Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) oral hearings and was identified as a “Legal Lion” in 2016 for his success at the Federal Circuit. Since joining Sidley’s IP group, he has worked on nearly 100 AIA post-grant proceedings.
Prior to joining Sidley, Sam worked at the PTO for almost a decade, first serving as a patent examiner specializing in computer architecture and later working closely with administrative patent judges at the PTAB to adjudicate some of the first AIA post-grant proceedings. While in law school, Sam was a staff member for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, interned for the Honorable Theodore R. Essex at the International Trade Commission and won his law school’s 2014 “AIPLA Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition.”
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- District of Columbia
- The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2014 (with honors)
- Case Western Reserve University, B.S., 2005