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Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is concerned with defense of agency decisions in court and administrative tribunals, internal agency legal advice, and regulation of persons practicing before the USPTO.  The OGC consists of three organizations, which are:

The OGC also manages the USPTO's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program.

The OGC is headed by a General Counsel, who is responsible for overall management of the division and acts as the Under Secretary and Director’s principal legal advisor in assuring the provision of legal advice and representation for the agency. The General Counsel has also been delegated authority to hear appeals from decisions in enrollment and discipline matters, and to determine whether special circumstances exist pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 122 for releasing information concerning patent applications.  The Acting General Counsel for the United States Patent and Trademark Office is Will Covey.

General Counsel's Speaking Engagements

  • IPO Education Foundation PTO Day Conference
    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC
    March 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact meetings@ipo.org or call (202) 507-4500.
    Click here for Trademark presentation slides
    Click here for Patent presentation slides

  • Florida Bar’s 2014 IP Symposium
    Hilton Downtown Tampa
    211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, FL 33602
    March 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Michael Colitz at Michael.Colitz@gray-robinson.com or call (813) 273-5298.
    Click here for presentation slides
  • 9th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute
    United States Patent and Trademark Office Main Auditorium
    600 Dulany Street, Alexandria VA 22314
    January 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Diana Garcia at dgarcia@law.utexas.edu or call (512) 232-1170.

Please click here for an all-inclusive list of speaking engagements by year.

Serving a Complaint

In order to serve a complaint, summons or Notice of Appeal on the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") or on the Director of the USPTO or an employee in his or her official capacity you must serve as follows:

A. Any summons or complaint to be served in person or by registered or certified mail or as otherwise authorized by law on the Office to:

Office of the General Counsel
United States Patent and Trademark Office 
P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

B. Service by hand should be made during business hours to:

Office of the General Counsel
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Madison Building East, Room 10B20
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Office of the General Counsel may be reached by telephone at (571) 272-7000 during business hours.

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Last Modified: 3/26/2014 4:27:10 PM