Peter C. Pappas
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Peter C. Pappas serves as the Under Secretary's political advisor, oversees all public engagement functions and manages the interagency coordination process. As a member of the USPTO's Executive Committee, he also serves as the USPTO’s chief liaison to the White House and Department of Commerce and supervises the strategic communications function of the Office. Mr. Pappas served as USPTO's first Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary since September 2009.
Prior to his appointment at the USPTO, Mr. Pappas served as Executive Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs at Pappas Telecasting Companies, which was at the time the nation’s largest privately held commercial television stations group with 27 affiliates in 15 markets nationwide. In that role, he managed the legal and regulatory affairs of the Company and served as its primary spokesperson.
Previously, Mr. Pappas held three high-ranking positions in the Clinton Administration. He served as an Assistant Counsel to the President in the Office of White House Counsel, and subsequently Director of Communications for Economic Affairs at the State Department during the first term of the Clinton presidency. He was then tapped to become Associate Chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s International Bureau, overseeing international telecommunications policy in several areas, and being principally in charge of the Bureau’s Congressional and media relations.
A member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and New York, Mr. Pappas received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in England. Mr. Pappas was a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University and received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Brown University.
About the USPTO
Since 1790, the basic role of the United States intellectual property system has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries (Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution). Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a federal agency in the Department of Commerce, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Through the issuance of patents, the USPTO encourages technological advancement by providing incentives to invent, invest in, and disclose new technology worldwide. Through the registration of trademarks, the agency assists businesses in protecting their investments, promoting goods and services, and safeguarding consumers against confusion and deception in the marketplace. By disseminating both patent and trademark information, the USPTO promotes an understanding of intellectual property protection and facilitates the development and sharing of new technologies worldwide.