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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 Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor is Thomas Krause. 

Among other responsibilities, the Office of the Solicitor

  • 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 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
  • Supreme Court Decisions
  • Federal Circuit Appeals

Office of the Solicitor staff

Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor:

Krause, Thomas W.

Acting Chief of Staff:  

Deputy Solicitor:

Rasheed, Farheena Y.

Senior Counsel for Patent Law and Litigation: Rasheed, Farheena Y.
Senior Counsel for Trademark Policy and Litigation:  Hieber, Christina J.
Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property Litigation: LaMarca, William
Senior Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline Litigation: Johnson, Jr. Sydney O.

Administrative Management Specialist:

Gibbs, Tasha


Caprihan, Kakoli
Casagrande, Thomas
Crabb, Robin
Craven, Sarah
Dang, Mai-Trang
DeAtley, Melinda
Forman, Michael
Francis, Elizabeth
Hickman, Ben
Kazhdan, Daniel
Kelly, Mary L.
Lateef, Monica
Lynch, Frances M.
Matal, Joseph
McManus, Robert J.
Mendel, Elizabeth Ullmer
Nelson, Amy J.
Piccolo, Joseph G.
Queler, Maureen
Racilla, Brian T.
Sawert, Peter
Schoenfeld, Meredith
Silfen, Molly
Tadjiogueu, Eteena
Walker, Mary Beth
Warrick, Philip

Supervisory Paralegal:

Arnold, Danita


Fletcher, Macia
Kilby, Candice
Peterson, Laura
Russ, Natasha
Solomon, Mekbib
Walter, Shane

Law Librarian:


Legal Assistants:

McKay, Patricia
Miller, Denise
Omar, Natasha

Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) Staff


The MPEP Staff provide assistance in developing and formulating new guidelines, examining practices and procedures as well as revising existing guidelines, practices and procedures. The MPEP staff is responsible for updating the MPEP and the form paragraphs used by the examining corps. The MPEP staff is also responsible for ensuring that revised policies and procedures are appropriately disseminated to Office personnel through revisions to the MPEP, Federal Register or Official Gazette notices, or other official announcements. The MPEP staff also handles inquiries from Office personnel and the public requesting assistance in properly interpreting existing practices and procedures.



MPEP Organization Chart(text)


See the MPEP program pages for MPEP version links, related resources, reference materials, and FAQs.


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 About the MPEP

The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is published to provide USPTO patent examiners, applicants, attorneys, agents and representatives of applicants with a reference work on the practices and procedures relative to the prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO. The MPEP contains instructions to patent examiners, as well as other material in the nature of information and interpretation, and outlines the current procedures which the patent examiners are required or authorized to follow in appropriate cases in the examination of a patent application. The MPEP does not have the force of law or the force of the rules. The MPEP is available in both paper and electronic form.

Suggestions for improving the form and content of the MPEP are always welcome. They should be addressed to: Mail Stop MPEP, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 or sent via e-mail to:

Trilateral Co-operation

The USPTO, in cooperation with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), has been participating in projects within the Trilateral framework since the 1980s. Some of the current projects include the comparative study on biotechnology patent practices and the concurrent search program. These documents are available on the The Trilateral Co-operation Web site.