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Jolene Robin-McCaskill Ph.D.

Jolene Robin-McCaskill draws on experience and advanced degrees in science, engineering, and geophysics to assist clients with the management of their patent portfolios, patent prosecution and litigation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Prior to joining the firm, Jolene utilized her B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Applied Physics and Ph.D. in Geophysics as an Electrical Engineer, a Geophysical Experimentalist and a Petrophysicist with a Fortune 500 E&P company. Jolene’s background allows her to provide advice to clients on a spectrum of scientific and technical matters.

Jolene’s experience includes managing the petrophysical drilling program for an international oil well, designing and constructing a novel experimental system for extracting acoustic properties of irregularly shaped rock samples, and providing engineering design and maintenance support for energy transmission facilities.

Jolene is also committed to the advancement of female and diverse attorneys in the legal community. She serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s and Working Parents initiatives. Jolene is also an active member of “Stanford Where You Live,” Stanford University’s Alumni Organization.

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  • "Discretionary Institution," co-author, Intellectual Property Magazine, June 1, 2021.
  • "Changes at the USPTO Under Former Director Andrei Iancu: A Retrospective," co-author, Westlaw Today, May 24, 2021.


B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of New Orleans, 2003

J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2020

M.S., Applied Physics, University of New Orleans, 2005

Ph.D., Geophysics, Stanford University, 2013



IP Magazine - Discretionary Institution
June 03, 2021

The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (board) has discretion whether to institute a trial on an inter partes review (IPR) or post-grant review (PGR) petition. The board may deny institution for reasons unrelated to the merits of the patentability challenges. For example, the board may deny a “follow-on” petition, filed by a second petitioner, after it has already considered an earlier petition, [...]