Commerce - Cornell Partnership
In a first-of-its-kind campus collaboration program, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is partnering with Cornell University to provide USPTO and DOC resources directly to students, faculty and industry to help accelerate commercialization of new technologies through an Innovation and Outreach Coordinator. The partnership was established in October 2012, and Sue Purvis is the first Innovation and Outreach Coordinator for the Greater New York Region. In this capacity she works closely with Cornell University as they endeavor to build Cornell NYC Tech, a graduate level campus which will be located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. In addition to working with Cornell, Ms. Purvis works with other local educators in the New York City metropolitan region. She also works with innovators and entrepreneurs in the City of New York, providing them with appropriate information and resources offered by the Department of Commerce.
You can reach Sue Purvis by phone at 571-272-1236 or email at InnovationOutreachCoordinatorNY@uspto.gov.
About the Program Coordinator
Prior to her current role as Innovation and Outreach Coordinator in New York, Sue Purvis served as expert advisor to then Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea. As Ms. Rea’s advisor, she assisted the Deputy Director to ensure the policies and priorities of the Under Secretary and Director were effectively carried out.
Ms. Purvis began her career at the USPTO in 1998 as a patent examiner in the Chemical Technology Center 1700. She was hired as a trainer in the new 8-month training academy in April 2006 and trained new examiners hired into the Computer Architecture area of the office. In January 2007, she became a supervisory patent examiner for Semiconductor Art Unit 2826. From January to March of 2010, she served on a detail in the Office of the Commissioner for Patents and was named Technology Center 2800 coordinator in April 2010.
Ms. Purvis received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.