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Boards

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), are concerned with legal review of agency decisions.   The Boards administratively report to Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Office of the General Counsel (OGC)

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 General Counsel for the United States Patent and Trademark Office is Sarah Harris.

General Counsel's Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
    Sprint Corporation
    6050 Sprint Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66251
    May 2, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Dawn Phoenix at dphoenix@ksbar.org or call (785) 861-8811.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Utah Bar IP Section CLE Luncheon
    Utah Law & Justice Center
    645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    November 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register.
    For general inquiries, contact Metra Barton at Metra.Barton@utahbar.org or call (801) 297-7032.
    Click here for presentation slides

  • Houston IP Law Association and University of Houston Law Center
    29th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law
    Moody Gardens Hotel
    7 Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77554
    September 26, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.
    Open to the public, all attendees must register
    For general inquiries, contact Sindee Bielamowicz at sbielamowicz@central.uh.edu or call (713) 743-2180
    Click here for presentation slides

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

Service of Process

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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