Q. Todd Dickinson will be sworn in as deputy assistant secretary of commerce and deputy commissioner of patents and trademarks by Deputy Commerce Secretary Robert Mallett on Monday, November 23, in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Herbert Hoover Building at 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Mr. Dickinson was nominated by President Clinton in February 1998, and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate on June 18, 1998, for the number two spot at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Among the issues on which he has worked since taking the post in June is an initiative that would increase communications, education and support from the PTO to the nation's independent inventors.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Dickinson served as counsel with the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads. From 1990 to 1995, he was chief counsel for intellectual property and Technology at Sun Company, Inc., where he had legal and managerial responsibility for all intellectual property matters world-wide. From 1981 to 1990, he served as counsel to Chevron Corporation in San Francisco, focusing on domestic and international intellectual property matters. Prior to 1981, he was a patent and trademark practitioner with Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Deerfield, Ill., and the Pittsburgh law firm of Blenko, Buell, Ziesenheim and Beck.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Dickinson earned a B.S. in chemistry from Allegheny College in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the bars of Pennsylvania, California, and Illinois and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Dickinson is expected to become acting assistant secretary of commerce and acting commissioner of patents and trademarks when Bruce Lehman, who presently holds those positions, steps down, which he has announced he will do by the end of this year.