George H. Spencer is an attorney who focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual and industrial property law, including Alternative Dispute Resolution.

     Mr. Spencer received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University. He has served as a Patent Examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was thereafter associated with Toulmin & Toulmin, a long-established patent law firm which had obtained the early patents for the Wright Brothers.  Mr. Spencer then established his own practice in Washington, D. C., and shortly thereafter became the senior founding partner of Spencer & Kaye, later Spencer & Frank, which, as a firm of twenty attorneys specializing exclusively in intellectual and industrial property law that had obtained well over ten thousand patents and over a thousand trademark registrations, combined in 1998 with the general law firm of Venable LLP, on whose Management Board Mr. Spencer served. 

     Mr. Spencer's experience covers the entire range of patent and trademark prosecution, patent, trademark and copyright enforcement, unfair competition, licensing and negotiations in the field of intellectual and industrial property, and litigation in the courts and before government agencies, including the United States International Trade Commission which has the authority to prevent the importation of products that infringe a U.S. patent or were made outside of the United States by a process covered by a U.S. patent.  He is fluent in German and French and has extensive experience in representing domestic as well as foreign clients, principally European ones, in the United States.
     Mr. Spencer has lectured extensively at home and abroad and has served as an arbitrator while on the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.  He is on the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a Geneva, Switzerland, based agency of the United Nations, and on the Panel of Mediators of the United States International Trade Commission. He  has also served as a judge in numerous moot court competitions administered by law schools and by federally sponsored organizations.  Mr. Spencer is a Master of the Bench of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, whose focus is intellectual property law.

     Earlier, Mr. Spencer served in the U. S. Army Reserve.  He saw active duty in the Signal Corps and then served as Captain in the Army's Judge Advocate General Corps, including a tour of duty in the JAGC Patents Division in the Pentagon.

     Mr. Spencer is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of New York and to the bars of the United States Supreme Court and various Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which is the appellate court that hears appeals in patent related matters.  He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Institute and is a member of numerous domestic and international bar associations, including the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association as he is an active commercially-rated pilot.  He has participated in over a hundred meetings held abroad by leading international legal organizations.

Mr. Spencer  is now retired but continues to serve as arbitrator and mediator in disputes related to patents, trademarks and copyrights. He resides in McLean, Virginia, and may be reached at 703-893-7131, fax 703-893-1584, and his e-mail address is