The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration provides representation and direction on strategic outreach and planning for the Commissioner for Patents and acts as a single point of oversight for resources and planning, information management and innovation development. In supervising these areas, the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration also guides the USPTOs operational aspects in patent application initial examination, patent publications, and international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications processing. The Deputy Commissioner also provides direction to maintain and develop automated systems relating to domestic and international patent information technology and oversees Patent's outreach and education efforts to assist independent, small entity and university-affiliated inventors.
This office is comprised of the Office of Patent Resources and Planning, the Office of Patent Information Management and the Office of Innovation Development.
The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration is Richard Seidel.