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LES DC event: Updates from the Commissioner for Patents

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Where: Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K Street NW Suite 600
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: Ray Van Dyke
(202) 378-3903

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Washington, D.C., LES Chapter presents:

Updates from the Commissioner for Patents


Thursday, March 15
12:15 - 1:15 pm


Sidley Austin LLP
1501 K Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005


Parking in building and nearby. Central to all Metro lines, near Metro Center 

Registration: Before March 13

LES Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $35.00
Student: $15.00

Registration: After March 13

LES Member: $30.00
Non-Member: $40.00
Student: $20.00


Program Description:

Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld will provide updates on a number of ongoing priorities at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These priorities include patent pendency, patent quality, and stakeholder outreach.


Andrew H. Hirshfeld
Commissioner for Patents
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office




Andrew (Drew) Hirshfeld is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was appointed to the position in July 2015.
He leads and manages more than 10,000 employees as the patent organization’s chief operating officer, and manages and directs all aspects of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration.

In his previous role as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, Mr. Hirshfeld served as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure, and provided oversight and direction for the Offices of Petitions, Patent Legal Administration, and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure.

Mr. Hirshfeld previously served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO in 1994 as a Patent Examiner, became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001, and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 as a Group Director in Technology Center 2100, Computer Architecture and Software.

Mr. Hirshfeld holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

This event is generously sponsored by:


The Washington, D.C., Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


Cancellations are non-refundable after March 13.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact Chapter Relations at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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