Former Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino Joins Oblon

By Gene Quinn
September 9, 2015

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Peggy Focarino

Peggy Focarino, the Former Commissioner for Patents for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), has joined Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP as Senior Patent Advisor.

In her role with Oblon, Focarino will continue her career as a thought leader in the area of patent prosecution, procurement, and rule based USPTO practices. Her decades of agency insight and expertise will serve as an invaluable resource to Oblon clients. In choosing Oblon, Focarino will join former Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, the Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff, the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, Stephen G. Kunin and the former Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters, as well as many other former patent examiners and administrative patent judges (APJs).

In her previous role as Commissioner for Patents, Focarino was responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of the USPTO which affect the administration of patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning, and budget administration. Focarino helped lead the USPTO through the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA). She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents, providing administrative oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers and coordinating the activities of patent application examination and reissues of patents.

Focarino received a degree in physics from the State University of New York, and a Certificate in Advanced Public Management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

According to Bradley D. Lytle, managing partner of Oblon, “Peggy’s esteemed career at the USPTO is a testimony to her commitment to excellence and she will be an outstanding addition to the firm, supporting our clients when they are addressing their most complex intellectual property issues and mapping out their patent strategies. Peggy’s experience will be highly relevant to a wide range of Oblon’s clients and we’re fortunate to be able to offer someone with her impressive background as an addition to our existing practice.”

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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  1. Paul Cole September 9, 2015 4:37 pm

    Renewed good wishes/

  2. Paul Cole September 9, 2015 4:37 pm

    Renewed good wishes/