Kimberley (Kim) Alton is Acting Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs, responsible for monitoring congressional activity and facilitating policy proposals related to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and intellectual property issues.
Ms. Alton's permanent role is Deputy Director of the Office of Governmental Affairs. She has over 15 years of public policy experience within the executive and legislative branches of government, and has worked with elected and appointed officials at the highest levels of the federal government. Prior to coming to the USPTO in 2016, Ms. Alton served as the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In this position, she managed the Agency’s outreach to Members of Congress, advocated Agency positions, and advised senior leaders. Ms. Alton previously served as a Judiciary Counsel to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Ms. Alton received a law degree from SMU School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University.