USPTO Acting Director to Speak at Mitchell

Patterson Thuente IP and William Mitchell College of Law will host Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), at the 4th Annual Patterson Thuente IP Lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at William Mitchell College of Law.

First Female USPTO head to keynote 4th Annual Patterson Thuente IP Lecture

Stanek Rea’s lecture will explore what the future holds for the USPTO. She will also discuss the role patents play in fostering economic prosperity, a topic fitting for Minnesota, considering a recent Brookings Institution report placed the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area ninth out of 358 metropolitan areas for the number of patents issued annually.


Long considered one of the country’s leading experts in intellectual property law, Acting Director Rea has the distinction of being the first woman to head the USPTO. She continues to also serve as Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director. In her dual roles, she is the principal advisor to the secretary of commerce on both domestic and international intellectual property matters and has responsibility for the management and oversight of the policy, budget, and operations of the USPTO, an agency with more than 11,000 employees.

The Patterson Thuente IP Lecture is an annual event, sponsored by the Minneapolis law firm of Patterson Thuente IP. The event brings to William Mitchell national leaders in the intellectual property community and draws more than 200 business leaders and intellectual property attorneys from across the state.

The event is free and open to the public. Register