Office of the Solicitor

  • Office of the Solicitor
    Local: 571-272-9035
    Fax: 571-273-0373

The Office of the Solicitor serves as legal counsel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on intellectual property law matters.  The Solicitor's Office also works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. The Acting Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Acting Solicitor is Joseph Matal. 

Among other responsibilities, the Office of the Solicitor:

  • Defends decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the federal district courts
  • Represents the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO (Director) in district court actions that are filed against the USPTO pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)
  • Provides legal advice on intellectual property law policy and regulation
  • Prosecutes attorneys and agents who practice before the agency for alleged ethical violations
  • Defends USPTO employees at deposition
  • Amicus Briefs
  • Supreme Court Decisions
  • Federal Circuit Appeals

Office of the Solicitor Staff

Acting Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Acting Solicitor:

Joseph Matal

Deputy Solicitor:

Krause, Thomas

Senior Counsel for Patent Law and Litigation: Rasheed, Farheena Y.
Senior Counsel for Trademark Policy and Litigation:  Hieber, Christina J.
Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property Litigation: LaMarca, William
Senior Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline Litigation: Johnson, Jr. Sydney O.

Administrative Management Specialist:

Gibbs, Tasha


Caprihan, Kakoli
Casagrande, Thomas
Crabb, Robin
Craven, Sarah
Dang, Mai-Trang
DeAtley, Melinda
Forman, Michael
Francis, Elizabeth
Hickman, Ben
Kelly, Mary L.
Lateef, Monica
Lynch, Frances M.
McBride, Robert
McManus, Robert J.
Mendel, Elizabeth Ullmer
Nelson, Amy J. 
Piccolo, Joseph G.
Queler, Maureen
Racilla, Brian T.
Sawert, Peter
Schoenfeld, Meredith
Silfen, Molly
Simpson, Jamie
Stewart, Coke M.
Unt, Lore
Walker, Mary Beth
Warrick, Philip

Supervisory Paralegal:

Arnold, Danita


Fletcher, Macia
Graham, Krishawn
Kilby, Candice
Peterson, Laura
Russ, Natasha
Solomon, Mekbib
Walter, Shane
Zhao, Alexis

Law Librarian:

Bradley, Laura

Legal Assistants:

McKay, Patricia
Miller, Denise
Omar, Natasha