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AIPLA Comments on the Appointment of Drew Hirshfeld as Commissioner for Patents


July 31, 2015, Arlington, VA, -- Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that Drew Hirshfeld has been appointed by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to be the next Commission for Patents.
In response to the announcement,  American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Executive Director Lisa Jorgenson stated:
"AIPLA applauds the appointment of Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents. As Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and in his previous roles at the USPTO, Drew has gained valuable experience overseeing important USPTO initiatives. AIPLA has appreciated his continued emphasis on stakeholder feedback. We wish him the best in his new role and pledge to work with the Office in a constructive manner to keep improving the patent system."

Hirshfeld previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. The position of Commissioner for Patents became vacant in early July, 2015, when Peggy Focarino retired from the USPTO.

AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  
Erin Sheehan 
Communications Specialist 
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