J. Todd Reves is the USPTO’s regional intellectual property (IP) rights attaché for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Prior to this position, Mr. Reves served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Executive Office of the President, where he worked primarily on border measures and IP crime in the digital environment.
Mr. Reves also served as an attorney-advisor in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where he oversaw IP enforcement activities in the Middle East and North Africa. In this capacity, he planned and delivered technical assistance and capacity-building programs for judges, prosecutors, police officers, and customs officials. He has also worked extensively in Russia, China, Vietnam, South Africa, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Mr. Reves was also responsible for policy advice and oversight at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Mr. Reves served as the IP attaché at the U.S. Mission Geneva from 2010 to 2013. In this capacity, 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 served as 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 WIPO standing committees and associated working groups.
Prior to his posting in Geneva, Mr. Reves served at the Office of the United States Trade Representative as director for intellectual property and innovation, focusing on implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). He was also a member of the U.S. negotiating team for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Reves served as an attorney-advisor with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for issuing legal determinations on IP infringement, domestic and international training, and outreach, as well as a variety of other aspects of commercial fraud. He also represented CBP at the World Customs Organization.
Mr. Reves began his civil service career as a U.S. Customs inspector in Dallas, Texas.
About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs
Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international intellectual property (IP) policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.
The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.