Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Jon Dudas issued the following statement upon learning of the death on January 29, 2006, of Donald W. Banner, a former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks (1978-1979).
"On behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, I want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Donald W. Banner. As Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and in many other capacities, Don worked tirelessly to promote respect for intellectual property. He gained national attention for intellectual property rights when he led the bicentennial celebration of U.S. patent and copyright law in 1990. Don Banner and his important efforts to encourage innovation will long be remembered by our office and by inventors across America."