USPTO Announces New Key Member to Management Team

John Love Named Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
Press Release

Brigid Quinn or
Ruth Nyblod
(571) 272-8400 or

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon W. Dudas has named John J. Love deputy commissioner for patent examination policy for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Love most recently served as the acting deputy commissioner for patent examination policy.

As deputy commissioner, Love is responsible for changes in patent practice, rules of practice and procedures, examining priorities, and classification of technological arts. He leads the operations of the Patent Legal Administration, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Legal Administration, the Office of Petitions, and International Liaison.

"John Love is an important member of USPTO's senior management team," noted Under Secretary Dudas. "With his many years of service and dedication to the patent system, I know he will make major contributions by providing the legal and practical guidance necessary to ensure high-quality, efficient patent examination."

"John's extensive patent practice and policy experience, wealth of legal knowledge, and proven leadership abilities make him an invaluable asset to the patent team. His rapport with the patent examining corps, managers, and the public will help us expertly meet the many challenges of the coming years," said Commissioner for Patents John Doll.

Love joined the USPTO in 1969 and has served the agency in a variety of leadership positions, including director of the technology center with responsibility for examining business method patents and computer related inventions. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1988.

Love received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Detroit. He earned a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.