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J. Philip Polster

J. Philip Polster

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Philip joined his father, Philip B. Polster, after graduating law school, forming the firm of Polster and Polster, a predecessor of the present firm.

Philip has many years of experience in drafting, prosecuting, and analyzing patents in wide-ranging fields. He has comprehensive experience in U.S. and international trademark registration proceedings and in patent and trademark licensing.

Practice Areas:

Patent, trademark and intellectual property


Juris Doctor: Washington University School of Law, Order of the Coif
Bachelor of Arts:  College of Quantitative Studies (chemistry and mathematics), Wesleyan University

Admitted to Practice:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Industry Experience:

Biochemistry, polymer chemistry, electric motors and motor controls, radar systems, missile guidance, fluid flow measurement, potable water hydrants, optics, lighting fixtures, toys, internal engine cooling systems, heavy vehicle suspensions, plating processes, fire resistant coatings, dental equipment, archery equipment, subminiature fuses, and glass tube manufacture, among others

Activities and Bar Associations:

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Chairman, Patent Section, 1982)
The Missouri Bar
American Intellectual Property Law Association

Speaking/Written Publications:

Managing Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly; author of law note “Later Patents as Prior Art,”  Washington University Law Quarterly, Fall 1966
Lecturer in Law, Washington University School of Law, 1972-1975

Professional and Personal Profile:

Philip enjoys tennis, bridge, genealogy and singing in his church choir.  He has been married to Harriet since 1961, and has three children (two of whom are patent attorneys) and ten grandchildren.