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USPTO Appoints Teresa Stanek Rea as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Richard Maulsby as Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made two executive appointments since our last issue.
United States Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed Teresa Stanek Rea as under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the USPTO. Rea is serving alongside Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos to encourage innovation and technological advancement, and help innovators protect their investments, promote their goods, and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.
Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll appointed Richard Maulsby to the newly created position of Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development. As the associate commissioner, Maulsby will spearhead the USPTO’s efforts to encourage and promote innovation as a key driver of the American economy.
Deputy Director Terry Stanek Rea
Rea is a leading intellectual property attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience and is past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She came to the USPTO from Crowell and Moring LLP, where she was a partner focusing on intellectual property and dispute resolution related to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other life sciences.
“Teresa has an impressive track record of success across several disciplines and will be a tremendous asset to the USPTO,” said Secretary Locke. “Her leadership will be instrumental in the USPTO’s efforts to foster economic growth an job creation by reducing the backlog of patent application, enhancing patent and trademark quality, and becoming more efficient,” he said.
USPTO Director Kappos said, “I look forward to working with Terry to improve operations at the USPTO and make the agency more responsive to the needs of the American people. Her experience will be invaluable as we work to address the significant challenges facing the agency.”
Rea is a member of several technical and legal associations and has been a frequent lecturer and publisher on patent topics including biotechnology, nanotechnology, licensing, technology transfer, patent practice, export control and interferences. She received a juris doctorate degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan.
“Director Kappos has assembled a hard-working and highly talented team at the USPTO, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to join them in working to improve the agency,” Rea said.
Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development Richard Maulsby
Maulsby will coordinate the USPTO’s enhanced efforts to assist independent, small entity and university-affiliated inventors. He will work closely with other officials throughout the government in support of the Obama administration’s efforts to support small business and entrepreneurship that creates jobs.
“Throughout his 17-year career at the agency in the Office of Public Affairs and in the other senior government positions he has held, Richard has demonstrated a unique ability to create and implement new programs,” said Director Kappos. “I am confident that he will provide the dynamic leadership needed to launch this expanded effort to encourage and promote innovation in America.”
Maulsby joined the USPTO in 1994 as director of public affairs. He expanded the office’s role by developing and implementing strategic communications and marketing plans that included press and media relations, stakeholder outreach, exhibits, publications, educational programs and video productions. “I have admired and respected Richard’s work here at the USPTO and look forward to having him as a member of my senior management team,” said Commissioner Stoll.
Maulsby has worked closely with the National Inventors Hall of Fame during his tenure and was the pioneering and guiding force behind the establishment of the USPTO Museum—now the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which celebrates the history of the USPTO and the role patents and trademarks play in American society.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Maulsby headed the District of Columbia government’s Office of Cable Television and the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.