USPTO Announces Three Key Appointments

Press Release

Brigid Quinn


Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has named three Deputy Commissioners for Patents, effective January 21, 2005.

Joseph Rolla, currently a director in Technology Center 2600 (telecommunications), has been named Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. In his new position, Mr. Rolla will be in charge of legal policy issues related to examining patent applications.

Margaret "Peggy" Focarino will be Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, overseeing the day-to-day management of the patent business. She is currently a director in Technology Center 2100 (computer architecture and software).

John Doll, a special assistant to Under Secretary Dudas, will be Deputy Commissioner for Patent Resources and Planning. In his new position, he will direct information processing and technology for the patent operation.

"Joe Rolla, Peggy Focarino, and John Doll combine almost a century of patent experience with energy and vision," noted Under Secretary Dudas. "I am confident that the experience, vision, and abilities of this new team will ensure that the USPTO continues to keep the U.S a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurism."

Joe Rolla joined the USPTO in 1972 following his graduation from the University of Maryland with a degree in Physics. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from American University's Washington College of Law, and since 1990 has served as a group director in a number of electrical technology centers. Mr. Rolla was instrumental in implementing USPTO's 1996 examination guidelines for computer-related inventions.

Peggy Focarino graduated with a degree in physics from the State University of New York and became a patent examiner in 1977. She has held a number of management positions since 1989, including director of two computer-related technology centers. Ms. Focarino also has a great deal of experience in labor/management relations and has developed numerous training programs for managers and technical staff. She completed the Certificate of Advanced Public Management Program with Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in January of 1998.

Prior to serving as special assistant to the Under Secretary, John Doll was a director in the technology center responsible for biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents. He was an integral part of the team responsible for last year's implementation of IFW, USPTO's electronic patent application processing system. Mr. Doll, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in chemistry and physics and a Master of Science degree in physical chemistry from Penn State University, joined the USPTO in 1974.

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