Lawrence A. Goffney, Jr., a Detroit lawyer and assistant commissioner of the Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office, has been designated by Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown to be the acting deputy assistant secretary of commerce and deputy commissioner of patents and trademarks. Edward R. Kazenske will serve as acting assistant commissioner of patents.
Goffney has served as assistant commissioner since November, 1993. Prior to that, he practiced intellectual property law at the Detroit firm of Dykema Gossett (1989-93) and served as a patent examiner with the Patent and Trademark Office (1984-6).
Goffney has trained in multiple educational disciplines, both engineering and law. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology at Oakland University (1970) and law degrees, a J.D. and a L.L.M. respectively, from the University of Detroit (1973) and Columbia University (1974).
"Mr. Goffney brings to his new assignment broad-based experience in both domestic and international intellectual property matters. His expertise will be especially invaluable as we prepare to implement the trade-related aspects of intellectual property in the recently enacted General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) legislation," Commissioner Bruce Lehman said.