James O. Wilson, Acting Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office, has worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since January 1989. Mr. Wilson has served on the Executive Board of the Patent and Trademark Office Society and continues to be an active member of the organization. As a Primary Patent Examiner, he served as a Chemical Representative in the Patent Office Professional Association. Mr. Wilson became a Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) in Technology Center 1600 in 2002. In 2007, he served as a Managerial Detailee in the Office of the Commissioner for Patents.
During his career, Mr. Wilson has been an instructor for several classes in the Patent Examiner Initial Training Program and has served as a SPE Instructor in the Office of Patent Training. Mr. Wilson also had the distinction of serving as an Acting Director in Technology Center 1600 from November 2013-March 2014 as well as the Acting Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office from October 2018-September 2019.
Mr. Wilson received his B.S. in zoology from Howard University in 1984 and an M.S. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan in 1987.