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Mary C. Till

Office of Patent Legal Administration, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Senior Legal Advisor
Alexandria, VA, USA


Mary C. Till is a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) at the USPTO.  She focuses on administration of the Patent Term Restoration provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act on behalf of the USPTO. Additionally, she is involved with specialty projects including reexamination, reissue and training to the examining corps and the public on relevant case law, such as subject matter eligibility.  Most recently, she has been involved with various projects associated with provisions of the America Invents Act.  Prior to joining OPLA, she worked in private practice at Foley & Lardner in Washington, DC.  In private practice, Ms. Till was actively engaged in procuring patent protection for various life science corporations and several universities, counseling the entities regarding product launches and providing opinions of counsel on freedom to operate, validity, infringement, invalidity and due diligence issues.  She also was a patent examiner from 1993 until 1997, when she joined Foley & Lardner. 

She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association and the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court.

She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, cum laude. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Gannon University and her M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Virginia Tech.  She is admitted to the bar of Virginia and to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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