This week U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Commissioner of Patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino announced that she will retire on July 3 as U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner. Focarino has been with the USPTO for 38 years. Executive Director Herb Wamsley said “Focarino has consistently earned high marks for her management skills and her strong interest in working closely with user groups. We wish her well in retirement.” Focarino’s successor has not been named.
She was appointed Commissioner of Patents in January 2012; she was the first female to serve in that role. As Commissioner, Focarino is responsible for management and direction of all aspects of patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning, and budget administration. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patents. Focarino also served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the USPTO before Michelle Lee’s appointment in late 2013.