John B. Owens, II was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the agency in December 2008. As CIO, Mr. Owens is the principal advisor to the USPTO on the architectural design and acquisition of supporting automated information systems; the underlying information technology infrastructure; and the dissemination of USPTO intellectual property data. He has led the recent initiatives at the USPTO to develop a roadmap to improve the USPTO's information systems infrastructure and rebuild of all of the patent and trademark examination and processing tools.
Mr. Owens has more than 20 years experience in the IT field, including serving as technical director at AOL LLC from 1995 to 2008. He was also a senior software engineer for e-Systems Melpar Division, GE Consulting for GE Aerospace, and Keane Inc.
Originally from Rome, N.Y., Mr. Owens now lives in Virginia with his wife and children. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science and Master of Business Administration in technology innovation management.