Mark Polutta is a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration at the USPTO. In this position, he assists in the drafting of rule packages, memoranda, and associated guidance to implement USPTO initiatives and comply with developments in patent law. Prior to joining the Office of Patent Legal Administration, he was a primary patent examiner and examined patent applications related to medical devices including syringes, needle guards, absorbent articles and medical methods. Previously, he worked as a patent agent at an IP law firm in Greenville, South Carolina. Mark received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law School.