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David R. Gerk

David R. Gerk

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Alexandria, VA, USA


David Gerk is a patent attorney in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on domestic and international IP issues as well as on United States treaty obligations and helps to formulate U.S. domestic and international policy regarding protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. In his role at the OPIA, he also helps promote development of intellectual property systems, nationally and internationally, consults with foreign governments  and other U. S. Government agencies on substantive intellectual property rights laws, and legal and judicial regimes, and provides and participates in technical assistance and capacity-building programs and conferences with foreign governments seeking to develop or improve their intellectual property laws and regulations. Mr. Gerk serves as lead on industrial design matters in OPIA and led the USPTO’s implementation of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs culminating in U.S. membership in the Hague Union in February of 2015.

Prior to joining the USPTO, David was a shareholder in Banner & Witcoff’s Washington, D.C., office where he practiced intellectual property law with a focus on counseling, prosecution and litigation of utility and design patent matters, principally in the mechanical, electrical and computer arts. David is a co-founder of the Patent Law Option at The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) where he serves as a part-time professor. He regularly publishes and lectures on a wide array of intellectual property issues and is a co-author of The New Practitioner’s Guide to Intellectual Property which was published in 2012 by the ABA.

David has also served in committee leadership for both the ABA and AIPLA, regularly meeting with attorneys, organizations, business leaders, and USPTO and international IP officials regarding intellectual property legislation, legal decisions, and US and foreign IP practice and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

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