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Office of the Solicitor

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 Solicitor is Nathan Kelley. 

The Solicitor’s Office primary responsibilities include:

  • 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
  • Federal Circuit Appeals


Office of the Solicitor Staff
Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor: Nathan Kelley
Deputy Solicitor for Intellectual Property Law: Thomas W. Krause
Secretary: Tasha Gibbs

Amy J. Nelson
Ben Hickman
Brian T. Racilla
Christina J. Hieber
Coke M. Stewart
Elizabeth Ullmer Mendel
Farheena Y. Rasheed
Frances M. Lynch
Jamie Simpson
Jeremiah Helm
Joseph G. Piccolo
Joseph Matal
Kakoli Caprihan
Kristi L.R. Sawert
Lore Unt
Mary Beth Walker
Mary L. Kelly
Melinda DeAtley
Meredith Schoenfeld
Michael Forman
Molly Silfen
Monica Lateef
Robert McBride
Robert J. McManus
Robin Crabb
Sarah Craven
Scott C. Weidenfeller
Stacy Margolies
Sydney O. Johnson, Jr.
Thomas Casagrande
Tracy Kepler
William LaMarca

Supervisory Paralegal: Danita Ingram

Carrie Johnson
Kyra Abraham
Laura Peterson
Macia Fletcher
Natasha Russ
Shane Walter
Tawana Hawkins

Law Librarian: Meryl Vlatas
Legal Assistants: Denise Miller
Minwell Raynor


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