THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (San Francisco, California) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 26, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES Q. TODD DICKINSON AS DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Q. Todd Dickinson as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) at the Department of Commerce.
Mr. Q. Todd Dickinson, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, most recently served as counsel for the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dechert, Price and Rhoads, an Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Dickinson has an extensive knowledge in the area of intellectual property law and management, representing individual inventors, educational institutions, small businesses and corporate clients. From 1990 to 1995, he served as Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology, for the Sun Company, having the primary legal and management responsibility for all matters relating to intellectual property. He also served as Counsel for the Chevron Corporation, San Francisco, California from 1981 to 1990, and as an attorney with Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc. in Deerfield, Illinois and Blenko, Buell, Ziesenheim and Beck in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specializing in intellectual property matters.
Mr. Dickinson received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Commissioner for PTO is responsible for maintaining and developing the Patent and Trademark System of the United States, as well as, proposing policy and programmatic changes in the system to the President, the Secretary of Commerce, and Congress. He also promotes the development of more cost effective and efficient intellectual property systems and advocates increased protection of the rights of U.S. citizens throughout the world.