Christopher Shipp is currently acting as the Executive Advisor for the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), carrying out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO's West Coast regional operations. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Shipp ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Concurrent with his role acting as Executive Advisor, Mr. Shipp serves as the Chief of Staff to the Director of the USPTO, helping to coordinate a $3.5 billion budget in support of the bureau’s nearly 13,000 employees and the execution of 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.
Mr. Shipp was previously the USPTO Chief Communications Officer, where he directed a team of media relations, speechwriting, social media, public affairs, and audio-visual design professionals focused on promoting the agency's goals and objectives. He also oversaw the USPTO's partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and management of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which is issued annually by the White House.
Before joining the USPTO, Mr. Shipp ran a public relations consulting company and 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.