Deputy director of the USPTO discusses an ‘interesting year’ at AIPLA

Teresa Stanek Rea talks sequestration, shutdown, AIA and more at the intellectual property law conference

Teresa Stanek Rea, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), was once the president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), so she was the perfect speaker for the AIPLA’s recent conference in Washington, D.C.

Rea addressed an enthusiastic lunchtime crowd of IP attorneys, declaring that they were blessed – or cursed – to live in interesting times. Her speech highlighted the historic events that had impacted the agency in the past 18 months, indicating that the USPTO has had both challenges and triumphs, including sequestration, government shutdown, the America Invents Act (AIA) and more.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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