Brendan McCommas is the Acting Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He previously served in roles as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and to the Director of the USPTO. He also served as a patent examiner in Technology Center 2600.
As the Director’s principal advisor, the Chief of Staff helps coordinate a $3.2B budget, in support of the bureau’s 12,000 employees to execute the daily operations, policies, priorities, and global communications of the President’s intellectual property agenda. In addition, the Chief of Staff manages the day-to-day policy coordination process with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. McCommas was an Associate at Bracewell LLP in Houston, Texas, where he focused on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, and tech transactions. While in Houston he participated in the Houston Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Lines and Veterans Clinic, along with representing underserved communities before the USPTO and in various legal matters. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Grove City College, an M.A. in English from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology.