Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, announced three new Deputy Commissioners for Patents, effective January 21, 2005.

Joseph Rolla, currently a director in Technology Center 2600 (telecommunications), has been named Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy. In his new position, Mr. Rolla will be in charge of patent policy operations.

Margaret "Peggy" Focarino will head USPTO’s patent operations as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations. She is currently a director in Technology Center 2100 (computer architecture and software).

John Doll, a special assistant to Under Secretary Dudas, will be Deputy Commissioner for Patent Resources and Planning. In his new position, he will oversee patent information-technology and processing operations.

More details are available at the USPTO here.

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