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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 2, 1993


President Clinton announced his intention today to nominate two Assistant Commissioners of the Patent & Trademark Commission in the Department of Commerce. He named Lawrence O. Goffney, Jr. to be the Assistant Commissioner for Patents, and Philip G. Hampton, II to be the Assistant Commissioner for Trademarks.

"Each of these men combines substantial legal experience with a solid background in engineering," said the President. "I have great confidence in their ability to maintain the highest standards at the Patent & Trademark Commission."

Lawrence O. Goffney, Jr. is a partner in the Detroit law firm of Dykema Gossett, with a practice in intellectual property law and copyright litigation, as well as in patents and trademarks. From 1984-86, he was an examiner with the Patent & Trademark Office. Before entering the practice of law in the early 1980s, Goffney taught at several noted law schools, including the University of Texas, the University of Detroit, and the University of Wisconsin. In 1976-77, he was a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard University. He has also worked in engineering positions with General Motors, among other employers. Goffney, a resident of Birmingham, Michigan, holds a B.S. in Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology at Oakland University, a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law, and an LL.M. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Philip G. Hampton, II is a senior attorney with the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon in both New York and Washington. He has been with the firm since 1980, and has practiced in all phases of patent and trademark law. In addition, he has been an active member of the National Bar Association, serving on its board of governors since 1989 and executive committee since 1990. He has also served as chairman of the Association's intellectual property law section. Hampton holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Washington, DC.

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