U.S. News | Thomas Krause Appointed as USPTO Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 10, 2019, announced the appointment of Thomas W. Krause as the new Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor of the USPTO. Krause, who has served as the agency’s Deputy Solicitor since 2014, begins his new role Monday, January 14, 2019.


By representing the USPTO in courts and providing advice on a host of issues and policies of relevance to intellectual property, the Solicitor’s Office plays a vital role in the U.S. IP ecosystem,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Andrei Iancu. “Tom is extremely well-qualified and understands the importance of reliable, predictable, and high-quality intellectual property rights. I’m confident that his experience and expertise will serve our IP system well as he leads the Solicitor’s Office into the future.”

Prior to joining the USPTO in 2002, Krause practiced with Covington & Burling, where he specialized in patent litigation and prosecution. Krause has taught intellectual property courses at the Georgetown University Law Center since 2001, and currently teaches a course there titled Intellectual Property Appellate Advocacy. He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Harvard Law School, where he served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

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