Former Uspto Director Jon Dudas Joins Foley & Lardner's Intellectual Property Department

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Former USPTO Director Jon Dudas Joins Foley & Lardner's Intellectual Property


WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that former Under Secretary of Commerce

for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark

Office (USPTO) Jon W. Dudas has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington,

D.C. office, working with the Intellectual Property and Public Affairs Practices. 

    Dudas was nominated by President George W. Bush in March 2004 and confirmed

by the U.S. Senate in July 2004.  He previously served as acting Under Secretary

and Director, and Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director from 2002 to 2004.

    In his recent role, Dudas advised the President of the United States, the

Secretary of Commerce, and the administration about intellectual property matters

and administered the laws of granting patents and trademarks and the day-to-day

management of the $2 billion agency and its more than 9,000 employees. As head of

the world's leading intellectual property (IP) office, Dudas also developed and

articulated administration positions on patent, copyright, and trademark issues,

both domestic and foreign. 

    "Joining Foley was a natural next step after having the honor to serve at the

USPTO," said Dudas. "The firm's platform offers me a tremendous opportunity to

continue fostering innovation and intellectual property at this crucial time."

    In his role as the nation's top patent official Jon Dudas personally

spearheaded an unprecedented number of patent cooperation and development

missions with the European Union, China, Japan, Korea and other countries that

should prove helpful to Americans establishing and enforcing patent rights in

Asia and globally. 

    "Foley's global IP practice and its increasing global patent litigation will

benefit from Jon's integration with our multinational patent enforcement teams,"

said Sharon R. Barner, chair of Foley's Intellectual Property Department.  

    Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of

our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and

practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their

most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley,

Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping

the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six

times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 22

offices and more than 50 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and

legal insight. Learn more at

SOURCE: Foley & Lardner LLP

    CONTACT:  Aaron Schoenherr, 


              for Foley & Lardner LLP


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