Executive Biographies

Learn more about the USPTO leadership by reading members' biographies.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee

Michelle K. Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee provides leadership and oversight…

Portrait of Russell Slifer

Russell Slifer

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

As Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Russell Slifer provides strategic…

Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino

Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino

Commissioner for Patents

Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She was appointed to this position in January 2012. The…

Mary Boney Denison

Mary Boney Denison

Commissioner for Trademarks

Mary Boney Denison is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks. Ms. Denison oversees all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks…

Andrew Byrnes

Andrew Byrnes

Chief of Staff

Andrew Byrnes is the Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Serving as the Under Secretary's principal advisor, the Chief of Staff…

Shira Perlmutter

Shira Perlmutter

Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

Shira Perlmutter is the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the USPTO. In that position, Ms. Perlmutter serves as a policy advisor to the…

Frederick Steckler

Frederick Steckler

Chief Administrative Officer

Fred Steckler is the Chief Administrative Officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is responsible for the delivery of all administrative service…

Todd Elmer

Todd Elmer

Chief Communications Officer

Todd Elmer is the Chief Communications Officer of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is responsible for the development and implementation of…

Anthony P. Scardino

Anthony P. Scardino

Chief Financial Officer

Anthony P. Scardino is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He serves as principal advisor to the USPTO Director…

John Owens II

John Owens II

Chief Information Officer

John B Owens, II was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the USPTO in December, 2008.  As the CIO, Mr. Owens is the principal advisor to the USPTO on the…

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

General Counsel

As USPTO's General Counsel, Sarah Harris is the principal legal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. She…

Kelley

Nathan Kelley

Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor

Nathan Kelley became the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor in November 2013. In this role, he defends the Under Secretary of Commerce…

Bismarck Myrick

Bismarck Myrick

Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity

Bismarck Myrick became the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity (formerly: the Office Civil Rights) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark…