Profiles in IP Law

An Interview with Shira Perlmutter

Mary Rasenberger and Eleanor M. Lackman

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Shira, thank you for joining us today in this interview for Landslide® magazine. We appreciate your willingness to speak with us. We’d like to start by asking you about your new position at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as Administrator for Policy and External Affairs. Can you tell us what your primary responsibilities are in that position?

The part of the office that I manage is responsible for policy issues and international matters. Our office is divided loosely into six groups. One is the policy group, which deals with the substantive areas of patent, trademarks, copyrights, trade, and enforcement. Within enforcement we handle trade secrets as well. Then we have an Office of Governmental Affairs and Office of the Chief Economist, which is a new role created by Under Secretary David Kappos.


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