Deputy Commissioner Bahr serves as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure. He provides administrative oversight and direction for the activities of the Office of Petitions, Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, the Office of Patent Quality Assurance and the Central Reexamination Unit.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Bahr served as the Senior Patent Counsel to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, where he was involved in numerous patents-related rule making since 1995, including the changes to implement the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999. Mr. Bahr began his career at the USPTO in 1984 as a patent examiner, and became a legal advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration in 1994.
Mr. Bahr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University.