As Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation, Mr. Powell leads Patents’ Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC) where he oversees areas responsible for international patent legal administration, classification standards, development of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, classification quality, international work sharing planning and implementation, international business solutions and international outreach.
While leading OIPC, Mr. Powell focuses on improving the quality and timeliness of the international patent system in two critical areas: increasing certainty of IP rights and reducing costs for stakeholders. He also emphasizes development of cooperative programs intended to make international filing and prosecution system more efficient between Offices, users, and examiners. Mr. Powell also emphasizes efforts to reach out to and work with the user community to develop mutually effective ways to streamline IP office information requirements in a global environment.
Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation, Mr. Powell served as a Technology Center Director participating in international patent matters on behalf of the USPTO, a supervisory patent examiner and patent examiner. Mr. Powell also spent three years on assignment to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, focusing on international security matters.
Mr. Powell holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and a Certificate in Advanced Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.