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January 10, 2000
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Press Release 00-01

President Clinton Names Nicholas P. Godici to Serve as Assistant Commissioner of Patents at U.S. Department of Commerce

President Clinton has announced his intent to nominate Nicholas P. Godici to be Assistant Commissioner of Patents at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"I am extremely pleased with the President's choice for this important position," noted Q. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. Dickinson went on to say, "It comes at a most opportune time. Managing the agency's explosive growth, while assuring quality products and services, is among my top priorities, and Nicholas Godici's tremendous experience and leadership in our patents business are tremendous assets as we manage the unprecedented growth in our patents operation."

"I feel very honored, as a career PTO employee, to be nominated by the President to lead the Patents organization into the next century," says Godici.

The Assistant Commissioner of Patents serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. The incumbent is responsible for directing the Patent Examining Groups and the Patent Documentation Organizations, which includes international responsibilities, such as, agreements with other countries negotiated through the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Below is Godici's biography.

NICHOLAS P. GODICI

Mr. Nicholas P. Godici, of Alexandria, Va., has over 25 years of experience in the intellectual property rights protection arena. At present, he has been assigned the duties of the Assistant Commissioner of Patents at the Department of Commerce where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the patent business organization, examination, search, and procedural functions. Prior to his present position, Mr. Godici served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Patents. In addition, Mr. Godici has served the Department in several other capacities including Director of Patent Examining Group, Supervisory Patent Examiner and Patent Examiner.

Mr. Godici received a bachelor of science in engineering mechanics in 1972 from Pennsylvania State University and graduate level Certificate of Advanced Public Management from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs from Syracuse University in 1998.

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