Molly Silfen, Esq., is an Associate Solicitor in the Solicitor’s Office at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She argues appeals before the Federal Circuit arising from the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards' decisions on issues such as substantive patent and trademark law, administrative law, and constitutional law. She also assists the Solicitor General on intellectual property matters at the Supreme Court of the United States, represents the agency in district court, and advises the agency on policy matters.
Ms. Silfen spent a year at the Department of Justice in the Civil Division’s Appellate Staff, briefing and arguing appeals for a wide variety of agencies in many different courts of appeals. She spent five years in private practice at Finnegan, where she briefed patent and trademark appeals, litigated at the trial level, counseled clients and prosecuted patent applications.
Ms. Silfen teaches a class at George Mason Law School on practice before the Federal Circuit. She also serves as chair of the PTO committee for the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She works on voter protection in her spare time. Ms. Silfen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Alan D. Lourie on the Federal Circuit.