Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations

  • Commissioner for Patents
    Local: 571-272-8800
    Fax: 571-273-0125

The Deputy Commissioner for Patents Operations provides administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinates the activities of the examination of applications for patents.  Responsible for all patent-examining functions in the Technology Centers and all operational aspects of patent application, initial examination, patent publications, and international applications processing.  The Deputy Commissioner for Patents Operations leads more than 6,800 highly skilled scientists and engineers.

This office is comprised of Patent Technology Centers, the Office of Patent Training and the Central Re-exam Unit.

The Deputy Commissioner for Patents Operations is Andrew Faile.

Patent Examining Group Centers

  • Technology Center 1600 provides examination for patent applications including Biotechnology and Organic fields.
  • Technology Center 1700 provides examination for patent applications including Chemical and Materials Engineering fields.
  • Technology Center 2100 provides examination for patent applications including Computer Architecture Software and Information Security.
  • Technology Center 2400 provides examination for patent application including Computer Networks, Multiplex, Cable and Cryptography/Security.
  • Technology Center 2600 provides examination for patent applications including Communications.
  • Technology Center 2800 provides examination for patent applications including Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components.
  • Technology Center 2900 provides examination for patent applications including Designs.
  • Technology Center 3600 provides examination for patent applications including Transportation, Electronic Commerce, Construction, Agriculture, Licensing and Review.
  • Technology Center 3700 provides examination for patent applications including Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Products.