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1985 alumni Suzanne and Robert Stoll with Dean Veryl Miles.

Law School Honors 1985 Alumnus Robert L. Stoll


Catholic University law school graduate Robert Stoll, the commissioner for patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, was recognized with a reception in his honor at the law school on March 24, 2010.

Stoll is the highest-ranking CUA law alumnus to serve at the USPTO, which employs nearly 10,000 people and is charged with issuing patents to inventors and businesses for their inventions, and trademark registration for product and intellectual property identification.
He was sworn in as commissioner for patents in Oct. 2009, capping a career at the agency that began in 1982 and that saw him serve in various administrative capacities over the years.
Twenty-five years after graduating law school, the memories seemed to rush back for Stoll. His biggest achievement in law school, said Stoll, was meeting and marrying his wife Suzanne, also Class of 1985. Other members of his family have attended CUA law as well.
“What I learned here was fairness,” said Stoll. “I highly recommend Catholic. What I found was a warmth and humanity that I don’t think is common at many law schools.” A prime example: Suzanne Stoll, whose final patent exam at CUA law coincided with the delivery of the couple’s first child, was permitted to take it while in her maternity bed.
Many faculty members and former classmates attended the reception. Stoll was presented with a pen and tote bag filled with CUA memorabilia by Professor Elizabeth Winston.