Maria V. Hernandez
The nominations of Q. Todd Dickinson as assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks, and Anne H. Chasser, as assistant commissioner for trademarks, were approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dickinson has been serving in the job in an acting capacity since January 1, 1999, and is deputy assistant secretary of commerce and deputy commissioner of patents and trademarks. Mr. Dickinson was nominated to the top spot by President Clinton on July 1, 1999.
Chasser is a senior advisor to the secretary of commerce. President Clinton nominated her to the position of assistant commissioner for trademarks on July 27, 1999.
Chasser, of Columbus, Ohio, was formerly the director of trademarks and licensing services at The Ohio State University, one of the nation's largest public research universities. At the time of her nomination she was also president of the International Trademark Association (INTA), a trade association of leading trademark owners with over 3,600 members from 120 countries.