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FORMER AIPLA PRESIDENT TERESA STANEK REA NAMED DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR IP AND USPTO DEPUTY DIRECTOR

 

2/17/2011
ARLINGTON, VA -- The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) congratulates Past President, Teresa Stanek Rea, on her appointment as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  She was appointed February 17, 2011, by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke on the nomination of Under Secretary for IP, David Kappos.

Ms. Rea, who is currently a partner with the law firm Crowell & Morning, served as president of AIPLA from 2008-2009, and is widely respected as an intellectual property lawyer and policy leader, representing emerging companies, corporations and universities, while focusing on the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry, medical devices, immunology, specialty chemicals, including polymers, and nanotechnology.  During her service to AIPLA, Ms. Rea led the association's advocacy efforts in Congress and the courts, and also testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of follow-on biologics, which legislation was later enacted into law.

Ms. Rea has also served in many capacities within the IP community, including as past-president and board member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, reflecting her appreciation for the grass roots of innovation that the patent system serves, and as the IPL Section liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, demonstrating her commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

"Terry Rea is a terrific choice to serve at Director Kappos's side at this critical time in the United States patent system," said AIPLA President David Hill.  Executive Director Todd Dickinson also noted that "Terry’s first-hand experience with a wide range of IP issues, both here and abroad, further strengthens the USPTO’s leadership team."

lragan@aipla.org