Patent and Trademark Office Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Press Release

Brigid Quinn
Kim Byars

Clarence Crawford, formerly associate director of administration at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), became associate commissioner and chief financial officer at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on November 8, 1999.

"Clarence Crawford brings to the PTO a superlative record of government service and a wide range of experience that will be helpful to the agency as we face the challenges of the years ahead," stated Q. Todd Dickinson, assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks.

Prior to coming to the PTO, Crawford was the principal advisor to the director of OMB on internal management matters, managing the agency's budget, information technology, human resources, physical and personnel security, publishing, procurement, parking, and facilities programs. He also served as the chair of the Investment Review Board, and ensured OMBs compliance with the Ethics in Government Act, Freedom of Information Act, and the Privacy Act. His experience prior to OMB includes lengthy service in a variety of positions with the General Accounting Office (GAO), the Internal Revenue Service, and the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, where he began his career as a police officer.

Crawford received both his B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from American University. In 1996, he received the Excellence in Human Resources Management Award from the comptroller general in recognition of his dedication and sustained efforts to improve the quality of work and work life of the GAO staff.

The PTO is the Commerce Department's user fee-funded bureau that administers laws relevant to granting patents and registering trademarks; advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on patent, trademark and copyright protection; and advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property. Nearly 6 million patents have been issued since the first patent in 1790. Last year PTO issued 155,000 patents and registered 106,279 trademarks.