Christopher Shipp

Acting Chief of Staff

Christopher Shipp is currently the Acting Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a role he carries out while concurrently serving as the Chief Communications Officer for the agency.

As the Director’s principal advisor, the Acting Chief of Staff helps coordinate a $3.5 billion budget in support of the bureau’s nearly 13,000 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.

Previously, Mr. Shipp was the USPTO Deputy Chief Communications Officer. Before joining the USPTO, he ran a public relations consulting company, where he served as the Montana State Director for Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. Shipp also held multiple positions with the Montana Republican Party, serving as Executive Director and Communications Director over the course of three election cycles.

Mr. Shipp graduated with a triple major from Carroll College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Montana School of Law.