USPTO Insights

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 2pm ET/ 11am PCT

The program will cover the latest USPTO initiatives, including those associated with providing COVID 19 relief and support.

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Meet the Speakers:

Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director

As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience working at the USPTO. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, she worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. She began her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to obtain her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a significant part of her career. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.

Ms. Dougherty has dedicated much of her career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. In this effort she has developed, implemented, and supervised programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. Similarly Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States.

Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Patent and Trademark Office Society, the Supervisory Patent Examiners and Classifiers Organization, Women in Science and Engineering, Federally Employed Women, and the Network of Executive Women.


Robert W. Bahr, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy

Deputy Commissioner Bahr serves as an authority on patent laws, rules, and examining practice and procedure; and provides administrative oversight and direction for the activities of the Office of Petitions, Office of Patent Legal Administration, and the Office of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure.  Further, Mr. Bahr establishes patent examination and documentation policy standards for the Commissioner for Patents.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Bahr served as the Senior Patent Counsel to the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, where he was involved in numerous patents-related rule making since 1995, including the changes to implement the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999.  Mr. Bahr began his career at the USPTO in 1984 as a patent examiner, and became a legal advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration in 1994.   Mr. Bahr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University.