The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the reappointment of patents commissioner, Drew Hirshfield for a second term by the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross following the expiration of his first tenure in July.
Hirshfeld began his career with the USPTO in 1994 as a Patent Examiner, became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001, and was promoted in 2008 to Group Director in Technology Center 2100 (Computer Architecture Software and Information Security).
Before serving as Commissioner for Patents, Mr. Hirshfeld held the positions of Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.
Mr. Hirshfeld received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.
While announcing the reappointment of Mr. Hirshfeld, Secretary of Commerce reportedly said that “Commissioner Hirshfeld has made great contributions toward the mission of the Patents organization, and I am confident he will continue to do so throughout his second term. The Patents organization is vital to America’s intellectual property system, and I commend Commissioner Hirshfeld’s leadership and service”.
In a press release, Commissioner Hirshfeld reportedly said that his mission is to constantly adapt and improve the way the Patents organization operates to ensure that they provide the best customer service possible.
“I am deeply honored that Secretary Ross and Director Iancu have given me the opportunity to remain of service to our almost 10,000 patents employees, to our inventor community, and to the public,” Commissioner Hirshfeld reportedly said.
Commissioner Hirshfeld further said that he looks forward to continuing to work with his leadership team to ensure that they meet their goals each year.
Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW) extends our hearty congratulations and wish Mr. Hirshfeld a great tenure ahead.