Posts Tagged: Commissioner for Patents


Up close and personal with Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents

This is the final segment of my interview with Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this segment we get …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

Patent Commissioner Drew Hirshfeld on Patent Quality and Patent Eligibility

Drew HIRSHFELD: ''One thing that really can move the ball toward a higher quality patent is again the clarity of the record, and the amount of information …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

An Exclusive Interview with Drew Hirshfeld, the new Commissioner for Patents at the USPTO

HIRSHFELD: "[Y]ou caught my attention with quality means we issue a few patents. So let me address that first. We’ve always focused on quality as …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 6

Deputy Commissioner Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner for Patents

Hirshfeld succeeds Margaret “Peggy” Focarino, who served at the USPTO for 38 years and retired in early July 2015. While there were many highly qualified applicants for the Office …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 0

The End of an Era – Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino Retires

Since she first joined the USPTO as the newest examiner in 1977, Focarino has worked tirelessly in a variety of different roles, always as a public servant. Not …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 4

Patent Commissioner Peggy Focarino to Retire

In January 2005, Focarino was promoted to Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, a role that made her responsible for all patent-examining functions in the eight Patent Technology Centers …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 8

In Capable Hands: Profiling the New Leadership at the PTO

Before profiling the top officials who will continue the work of the patent system, allow me also to pause and recognize a truly extraordinary moment in Patent …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 3

Bob Stoll Part 3 – SCOTUS, the Future CAFC, Inequitable Conduct

In this final installment, Bob Stoll and I discuss the United States Supreme Court. We spend some time talking about the Supreme Court's recent patent eligible subject …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 2

Bob Stoll Part 2 – Innovation, Economy, Patent Examination

In part 1 of my interview with Stoll we discussed his adjusting to life in the private sector, the fact that he doesn't enjoy the billable hour part …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 2

Patents, Politics and Life on K Street – My Interview with Bob Stoll

I tried to get Stoll on the record while he was at the USPTO.  I don't think he dodged me, it just never worked out.  I travel …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 3

Exclusive Interview: Commissioner Focarino — Part 3

In this final installment of my interview with Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, we discuss the examiner count system, production and Art Units and Patent Examiners that …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 6

Exclusive Interview: Commissioner Focarino — Part 2

In this installment we discuss a day in the life of the Commissioner for Patents, negotiating with the Examiner’s Union relative to the updated examiner count …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0

Exclusive Interview: Commissioner for Patents, Margaret Focarino

When I interviewed USPTO Director David Kappos in December I asked him about Focarino and the first words out of his mouth were: "What a wonderful leader." …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 3

Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll Retires After 29 Years

Commissioner for Patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Robert L. Stoll has announced his intention to retire from the agency effective December 31, 2011. Under …
By U.S.P.T.O.
8 years ago 5