Profiles in IP Law—An Interview with Shira Perlmutter: Administrator for Policy and External Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Vol. 5 No. 1


Mary Rasenberger is a partner in the New York office of the IP, entertainment, and media law firm Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. She counsels clients in all areas of copyright and related rights. She can be reached at Eleanor M. Lackman is a litigation partner in the New York office of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, where her practice focuses on copyright and trademark matters. She can be reached at

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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