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Wednesday Feb 26, 2020

Spotlight on Commerce: Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner

Guest blog post by Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO

Davetta Goins, Supervisory Patent Examiner (Photo by Jay Premack/USPTO)

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce African Americans during Black History Month.

Growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, where my family, neighbors, and close friends were scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and teachers, I was surrounded by professionals. My parents were very active in community organizations that helped encourage teens in local high schools to enter the fields of science, math, and technology. These programs introduced me to a vast array of career paths, and paved the way for my decision to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Historically Black College or University, I became a patent examiner at the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). When I started working for the agency, I was one of only a few black women working in a Technology Center (TC) of around 200 examiners. This was disconcerting, especially because the first black patent clerk, Anthony Bowen, had been an employee in the 1830's. That was well over 160 years prior to me joining the USPTO. However, I have seen the agency become extremely diverse over the past 20 years. Today, nearly one-fifth of the USPTO’s employees are African American. I attribute this increase in number to various recruiting programs and affinity groups that promote science and engineering to local communities and historically black universities--like the one I attended.

After examining patents in the field of electrical communications for 15 years, I became a Supervisory Patent Examiner. I now oversee a group of employees who review applications related to electrical audio signal processing systems and devices. Aside from assisting examiners with their work product, I also support various projects in the agency. I mentor as well as provide mock interviews to employees who aspire to become managers, travel to various universities to inform students of job opportunities the USPTO has to offer, and co-lead an engagement team that helps foster initiatives centered around the agency’s mission and strategic plan. I also lead a work-life team, which organizes activities for TC employees in hopes of creating a balance of work and life.

I’m proud to work for an agency that strives for the inclusion of all backgrounds while providing ample opportunities to employees as they further their careers.

Comments:

Hello Davetta, We are all so proud of you! As your parents and others in your community were inspirations for you, you are an inspiration for younger members of our family. Aunt Jean

Posted by Carolyn Tucker on March 02, 2020 at 04:23 PM EST #

Hello Davetta Goins. My name is Kadina Malloy, I would love to meet you. I would love to Introduce you to my W.O.M.E.N group. We are always looking to network and learn from other Women.

Posted by Kadina Malloy on March 03, 2020 at 11:21 AM EST #

great job and I want to congratulate you on your great job. I can see the work and dedication you have. Keep up the good work, Davetta.

Posted by Majestic Barcelona on March 04, 2020 at 01:17 PM EST #

Congratulations Mrs. Goins, you’re an inspiration to a host of HBCU graduates. I too am a graduate of an HBCU, Tuskegee University to be exact; Class of ‘10 and ‘13. If you have time I would like to speak with you about an idea I have that may be beneficial to all parties involved. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my email for more information. Thank you and stay blessed.

Posted by Ransom Ward on March 15, 2020 at 10:58 AM EDT #

Hello Davetta, very good we are all so prond of you.

Posted by Derly Khetlin on March 17, 2020 at 08:30 AM EDT #

Hi Davetta, Thank you for sharing your story. I am very inspired by your journey. Many thanks for your contributions to the community. I am grateful to be reading your story and truly inspired.

Posted by CC on March 23, 2020 at 10:52 AM EDT #

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