Office of the Under Secretary and Director

Portrait of Drew Hirshfeld
Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

The Office of the Under Secretary and Director (OUS) supports the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), who is the principal advisor to the President of the United States and the administration, through the Secretary of Commerce, on all intellectual property policy matters. The Director also serves as the chief executive of the USPTO, ensuring that the agency achieves all of its strategic and management goals.

The OUS publishes a blog outlining issues of interest and concern to USPTO stakeholders, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property community. There are frequent guest posts from the leadership of various business organizations across the USPTO.

Director's Leadership Team

Drew HirshfeldPerforming the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
David BerdanPerforming the functions and duties of the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO
Dede ZecherActing Chief of Staff
Shirin Bidel-NiyatSenior Advisor
Hellen Bryan-JohnsonSenior Trademark Policy Advisor
Linda HornerSenior Legal Advisor
Tricia MallariSpecial Advisor for Patents
Lena MunasifiSenior Advisor for Special Projects
Todd RevesSenior Advisor for Policy and International Affairs

Director's strategic plan

Optimize Patent Quality and Timeliness

The strategic goal to “optimize patent quality and timeliness” recognizes the importance of innovation as the foundation of American economic growth and national competitiveness. Through this goal, we will continually improve patent quality, particularly the reliability of issued patents, by meeting the commitments of our investments in quality. We are also committed to improving pendency to better ensure the timely delivery of innovative goods and services to market and the related economic growth and creation of new or higher-paying jobs.

Optimize Trademark Quality and Timeliness

The USPTO benefits trademark owners primarily by registering their marks, which facilitates their protection in the marketplace. In addition, through reliance on federally registered trademarks, consumers can identify the source of products and services, and rely on the marks as indicators of the consistent quality of the associated goods and services.

Provide Domestic and Global Leadership to Improve Intellectual Property Policy, Enforcement and Protection Worldwide

To keep competitive in an increasingly globalized economy, large and small American businesses need as much certainty as possible in the creation, enforcement and protection of their IP, both domestically and abroad. Under this strategic goal, the USPTO advocates U.S. Government IP policy by increasing our presence and activities domestically and internationally, and partnering with international counterparts in pursuit of strong IP policies, enforcement and protection worldwide. In this regard, we focus on all aspects of IP – patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright, trade secrets, and plant variety protection, as well as enforcement.

Speech requests and speaking engagements

We welcome requests to speak to the public about USPTO priorities and initiatives. To request the USPTO director or another USPTO executive speak at your event, please complete our speaking request form.

Speaker request form

Regional Offices

The America Invents Act of 2011 granted the USPTO the ability to establish regional offices. Our regional offices give inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses the...