President Clinton Nominates Anne Chasser as Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks at U.S.Department of Commerce

Press Release

Maria V. Hernandez
Brigid Quinn

President Clinton yesterday announced his nomination of Anne H. Chasser to be assistant commissioner for trademarks at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"I am extremely pleased with the president's choice for this important position," noted Q. Todd Dickinson, acting assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks. Dickinson went on to say, "It comes at a most opportune time. Trademark filings are expected to increase 25 percent over last year, spurred in large part by the largest peacetime expansion of the economy. Managing the agency's explosive growth, while assuring quality products and services, is among my top priorities, and Anne Chasser brings tremendous expertise and leadership in trademark policy and management to the PTO. Her guidance and support will be tremendous assets as we manage the unprecedented growth in our trademark operation."

Ms. Chasser's biography is below.

Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks-Designate

President Clinton nominated Anne H. Chasser to the position of assistant commissioner for trademarks on July 27, 1999.

Ms. Chasser, of Columbus, Ohio, is the director of trademarks and licensing services at The Ohio State University, one of our nation's largest public research universities. She has been involved in collegiate licensing since the late 1970's and established The Ohio State University Licensing Program in 1982 which is currently ranked third among all American colleges and universities in the amount of revenue generated per year from trademark licensing. She is a recognized expert in the business and economics of trademarks, collegiate trademark licensing, and Internet related trademark issues and has a strong track record of successfully managing organizational change, business development, continuous quality improvement and strategic planning.

Ms. Chasser is also currently president of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a trade association of leading trademark owners with over 3,600 members from 120 countries. She has also served within INTA as executive vice president, vice president for trademark affairs and policies, vice president for programs, education and publications, treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Chasser was a founder of the Association of Collegiate Licensing Administrators, an association of 300 U.S. and international collegiate trademark administrators, licensees and affiliated organizations, and served as its president in 1990.

Ms. Chasser received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Dayton and a Master's Degree in public policy and management from The Ohio State University.

The assistant commissioner for trademarks is responsible for maintaining and developing the trademark system of the United States, for proposing policy and programmatic changes in the system to the president, the secretary of commerce and the Congress, and for advocating for increased protection for the trademark property rights of U.S. citizens throughout the world.