USPTO Appoints David Berdan as General Counsel

Written November 10, 2020

On November 10, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David L. Berdan as its new General Counsel. 

As General Counsel, Mr. Berdan will serve as the principal legal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Mr. Berdan will also supervise the Office of General Counsel and its three component offices: the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.

“America’s inventors, creators, and innovators will be well-served with David Berdan as General Counsel at the USPTO,” said Director Andrei Iancu. “With his leadership experience and knowledge of so many aspects of technology and the law, Mr. Berdan will help guide the USPTO as we endeavor to expand innovation and support a growing and dynamic US economy.”

Mr. Berdan is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a BS in engineering and co-captained the Army football team as a defensive back. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and is the recipient of numerous military awards, including a Bronze Star. Mr. Berdan has a JD from Drake University Law School, where he was a founding member and President of the Drake Intellectual Property Law Society.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Berdan has served in a variety of important legal positions, including as Patent Counsel at Corning, Inc., as Vice President and Intellectual Property Counsel at The Coleman Company, as Chief Counsel Intellectual Property at INVISTA, as Vice President Legal and Deputy General Counsel at International Game Technology, and, most recently, as General Counsel and Compliance Officer of Gaming Arts. Mr. Berdan also spent two years as an engineer and seven years in private law practice.

Mr. Berdan will begin his new role at the USPTO on Monday, November 16.