Mary C. Till is a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) at the USPTO. During her 17 year tenure in OPLA, Ms. Till has administered the Hatch-Waxman Act provisions found in 35 U.S.C. 156, worked on implementing the First Inventor to File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), co-drafted the guidance on first inventor to file, implemented case law, developed pilot programs, drafted responses and position papers on White House Executive Actions, acted as liaison with the Office of Data Management, updated the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), provided input and analysis on various congressional inquiries/proposed legislation, and briefed USPTO executives for congressional testimony. Recently, she has worked with a multidisciplinary team to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) new standard (ST.26) for presenting biotechnology information in patent applications to the USPTO. Ms. Till received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gannon University, her Master of Science in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and her Juris Doctorate, J.D., from American University’s Washington College of Law. She is admitted to the bar of Virginia to practice before the USPTO.