January 26, 2007

In two separate press releases this week, the USPTO has announced a new deputy commissioner and discussed the impact of protecting intellectual property in Seattle.

First, Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, named John J. Love the deputy commissioner for patent examination policy at the USPTO. Love, the former acting deputy commissioner, will lead the Patent Legal Administration, the PCT Legal Administration, the Office of Petitions, and the International Liaison operations at the USPTO. Love, a mechanical engineering major and graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, has been with the USPTO in various capacities since 1969.

Second, the USPTO has issued an updated press release discussing Dudas’s recent discussion of intellectual property in Seattle. It was specifically noted that “Seattle has been ranked sixth in the nation for biotechnology industry concentration,” noting further that over 10,000 U.S. patent applications with at least one State of Washington inventor were filed last year. This is the most recent of a series of city- or state-specific discussions of intellectual property, where last year presentations or conference calls were held pertaining to IP issues in Orlando, Kansas City, Indiana, North Carolina, and Nevada, to name a few. Press releases for each of those cities and states, along with a few others, are available at the 2006 archive link below.

USPTO Press Release (John J. Love): LINK
USPTO Press Release (Seattle): LINK
USPTO 2006 Press Release Archive: LINK

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