J. Todd Reves is Senior Advisor for Policy and International Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he advises and confers with senior leaders on a variety of international policy issues.
Mr. Reves previously served as a senior attorney in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, overseeing intellectual property (IP) enforcement activities in Mexico and Europe, and coordinating USPTO positions in the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Mr. Reves served as the USPTO’s Regional IP Attaché for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean from February 2016 until December 2018. Prior to this position, he was a senior advisor in the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President, focusing primarily on border measures and IP crime in the digital environment.
From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Reves served as the IP Attaché at the U.S. Mission Geneva, where he represented the U.S. government at WIPO, advised the U.S. Ambassador on IP policy, and conducted outreach to other missions in Geneva. Mr. Reves was the Group B (group of developed countries) coordinator from July 2011 to October 2012, representing the group’s positions on all aspects of IP law and policy in the WIPO standing committees and associated working groups.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Reves served as a senior attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for issuing legal determinations on IP infringement, conducting domestic and international training and outreach, and overseeing a variety of other aspects of commercial fraud. He also represented CBP at the World Customs Organization.
Mr. Reves is the recipient of Department of Commerce Gold and Bronze Awards, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Innovation, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. A member of the Texas Bar, Mr. Reves holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law).