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.