Intellectual property lawyer appointed to patent office

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appointed Teresa Stanek Rea as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday.

“Teresa has an impressive track record of success across several disciplines and will be a tremendous asset to the USPTO,” Locke said.

“Her leadership will be instrumental in the USPTO's efforts to foster economic growth and job creation by reducing the backlog of patent applications, enhancing patent and trademark quality, and becoming more efficient.”

Commerce described Rea, currently a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington office, as a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property in a release. She has more than 25 years of legal experience and has served as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Rea will lead the office that encourages innovation and helps businesses protect intellectual property from piracy and deception in the marketplace. In her new role she will work alongside USPTO Director David Kappos.

“Director Kappos has assembled a hard-working and highly talented team at the USPTO, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to join them in working to improve the agency,” Rea said.