Daniel Ryman is the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As Acting Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Ryman provides executive leadership to the Office of Patent Training, the Office of Patent Quality Assurance (OPQA), the Office of Process Improvement, and the Office of Stakeholder Outreach and Patents Ombudsman. Along with acting as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Mr. Ryman is also the current Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality.
Prior to becoming Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, Mr. Ryman served as the director of OPQA. In this role, he oversaw the USPTO’s efforts to assess and analyze the quality of its patent examination processes and work products. Mr. Ryman also held the positions of Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, and as a supervisor in both the USPTO’s Central Reexamination Unit and Technology Center 2400. Mr. Ryman started his USPTO career as a patent examiner focused on applications related to multiplex communication.
Mr. Ryman has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.