Mark T. Banner Award

Robert A. Armitage
Consultant on intellectual property strategy and policy matters and member of the board of directors for the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. 

Mr. Armitage completed a decade of service as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company in 2012. Prior to joining Eli Lilly, he spent six years as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins LLP and 10 years as chief intellectual property counsel for The Upjohn Company.

He has held numerous leadership positions in the intellectual property bar, including as chair of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL). Mr. Armitage served as president of both the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel. From 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy to the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Armitage has worked tirelessly over decades to improve the patent law system of the United States, including writing and speaking extensively to support patent reform. His leading efforts with the ABA-IPL Section, AIPLA, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, among others, shaped the consensus that produced the America Invents Act (AIA)—the most significant change in U.S. patent law since 1836.

Robert Armitage has won numerous awards for his contributions in intellectual property law. Among his honors are the AIPLA Excellence Award, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association Jefferson Medal, and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s Outstanding Achievement in IP Award. The National Center for State Courts inducted Mr. Armitage into its Warren E. Burger Society in recognition of his contribution to its mission to advance the administration of justice.

About the Award

This award, established in honor of the late Mark T. Banner, is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an impact on IP law and/or practice. Winners of this award have expressed a clear passion and enthusiasm for, and advanced the practice, profession and/or substance of IP law through extraordinary contributions to, among, other things, teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar or other association activities, or the judiciary.

Past Award Recipients 

2018 Award Recipients

Simon Tam 
Musician, Author, Entrepreneur, and Activist

John Connell 
Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C.

Ron Coleman 
Partner, Archer & Greiner P.C.

Joel G. MacMull 
Associate, Archer & Greiner P.C.

2017 Award Recipients

Hon. Lucy H. Koh 
U. S. District Court, Northern District of California

Don W. Martens 
Founding Partner, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Dr. Kate Darling 
MIT Media Lab Research Specialist, Harvard Berkman Center Fellow, Robot Ethics Expert

2015 Award Recipients

Jane C. Ginsburg 
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia University Law School.

Donald L. Dunner 
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P

Tony Dutra 
Legal Editor, Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal

2014 Award Recipients

Hayden Gregory 
Legislative Consultant, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Hon. Paul R. Michel 
Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Kenneth D. Crews 
Lawyer, Professor, and International Copyright Consultant

2013 Award Recipients

Hon. Pauline Newman 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Click here to see Judge Newman's acceptance of the 2013 Mark T. Banner Award

Christina Bohannan 
Professor, University of Iowa College of Law

2012 Award Recipients

Hon. James F. Holderman 
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Read Chief Judge James F. Holderman's Tribute to Mark T. Banner

2011 Award Recipients

Marybeth Peters 
Former Register of Copyrights

Judge Richard Linn 
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit