Alumni Spotlight

E. Anthony (Tony) Figg, '73

Tony Figg

"What I remember most about my experience at the law school is the high quality and dedication of both the faculty and my fellow students.  Both were serious about providing and getting a quality legal education.  As I look back, the law school prepared me very well for a career in intellectual property law."

   Tony Figg
   Rothwell, Figg, Ernst
   & Manbeck, P.C.

Alumnus E. Anthony (Tony) Figg , ’73 is a shareholder and President of the Washington, D.C. firm of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. (   A graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Mr. Figg earned his J.D. at the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1973.  He has practiced patent law for more than 35 years and has specialized in intellectual property law, primarily involving the chemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology industries. His practice focuses on patent litigation and interferences, patent procurement, intellectual property licensing and related contract matters, opinions and counseling.

Mr. Figg is Past Chair of the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association (2005-06), which is the largest organization of intellectual property lawyers in the world. Mr. Figg's service in the Section of Intellectual Property Law has been extensive. He served a four year term on the Section's Council and has chaired numerous standing and special committees and divisions for more than twenty years.  He is a longstanding member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and also served on the Executive Committee of AIPPI United States, which is the U.S. group of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle , an international association of IP professionals.

Mr. Figg has served as lead counsel in a large number of complex patent litigations in federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, as well as appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Mr. Figg’s trial and appellate practice has included the successful prosecution of several seminal and groundbreaking cases involving the interpretation and application of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (the Hatch-Waxman amendments).

Mr. Figg’s many honors include being named Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow American Bar Foundation, and being recognized as a "Washington DC Super Lawyer" for many years (2007-2012) and named D.C. Lawyer of the Year for intellectual property law by The Best Lawyers in America in 2011. Mr. Figg was also selected for The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers (2010-2011).  In 2011, Mr. Figg was listed in the Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Patent Law, IAM Life Sciences 250 list of leading life sciences patent litigators, and Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners.  Mr. Figg has authored numerous publications and has lectured extensively in the field of intellectual property law.

The McKinney School of Law’s IP Center is extremely proud that Mr. Figg is a an alum of our law school and grateful that he is a member of the IP Center’s Board of Advisors.  The IP Center was also honored that Mr. Figg was a speaker at its December 2011 Symposium titled “The America Invents Act:  Patent Law’s New Lease on Life.”  Additional information about the remarkable career of alumnus Tony Figg may be found at