George E. Quillin

Retired Partner


George E. Quillin is a retired partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. George has litigated patent interferences and patent appeals, and counseled clients in patent prosecution. He was chair of the firm's Patent Office Trials Practice and a member of the IP Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and Appellate Practices. He represented Greene’s Energy in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 138 S. Ct. 1365 (2018).


In recognition of his experience, George has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system. He was also recognized for post-grant procedures (2012-2013, 2015-2018, 2020) and for prosecution (2014, 2020-2021) among IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. In 2016, George was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in patent prosecution.


George is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (B.S., 1973) and served with the Army (in the 82d Airborne Division, as well as in Germany) prior to attending law school. He received his law degree in 1984 from the University of South Carolina, where he took American Jurisprudence Awards (top honors in his class) in fiduciary administration, property, and trusts & estates. George was a member and then team captain of the University of South Carolina College of Law National Moot Court Team (1983-1984).

Following law school, George was selected for a two-term federal judicial clerkship, serving the Honorable Jean Galloway Bissell, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1984-1986). For most of the 1990s, George was an adjunct professor at the George Mason University Law School, teaching patent prosecution.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

George is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the District of Columbia, before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the South Carolina, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuit Bar Associations; and the Christian Legal Society.