Richard K. Seidel

Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration

Deputy Commissioner Seidel began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner, became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1990, and was selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2001 as a Director in Technology Center (TC) 2800.  More recently, he served as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, with operational oversight of TCs 2600 and 3600.   

During the past 25 years, Mr. Seidel has held a variety of management and leadership positions at the USPTO.  During fiscal years 2013 and 2014, he served in the newly created position of Board Executive, advising the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) chief judge on human capital and financial matters, information technology (IT), and strategic planning issues and procedures.  Additionally, he led numerous special projects, including quality improvement initiatives, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) outsourcing, and patent process reengineering, among others. 

Mr. Seidel received his undergraduate degree in metallurgy from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate in Advanced Public Management from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.