Vaishali Udupa is the Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As Commissioner for Patents, Ms. Udupa manages and leads the Patents organization as its chief operating officer. She oversees the agency’s 10,000+ Patents employees, including more than 8,500 patent examiners responsible for fostering the country’s innovation system by providing patent protections to inventors as stated in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.
Commissioner Udupa is a nationally recognized leader in intellectual property (IP), with over twenty years of experience in strategic IP advisement and complex litigation. Prior to leading the Patents organization, Commissioner Udupa was the Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Litigation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and she has a wealth of experience in patent prosecution and litigation, global IP policy, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Commissioner Udupa has achieved a proven track record of addressing diversity issues in the science, technology, and legal professions. She has sought to promote diversity and inclusion through her pro-bono work and working with various organizations. Her efforts have received many accolades, and she maintains a keen interest in increasing entrepreneurship and the number of patents applied for and obtained by all inventors, including women, minorities, veterans, and those from rural and economically disadvantaged areas.
Commissioner Udupa earned her Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.