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Russell Slifer ('94) Named Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Russell Slifer with Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, after being sworn in on March 25, 2015.

Russell Slifer with Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, after being sworn in on March 25, 2015.

March 25, 2015

DeKalb, Ill.--U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that NIU College of Law alumnus Russell Slifer ('94) will be the next deputy under secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Slifer most recently served as the director of the USPTO's Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, which opened on June 30, 2014. Slifer served as the agency's primary liaison with the innovation community in the Rocky Mountain Region. He was sworn in and began his new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA today.

Slifer has practiced intellectual property law for the last 20 years. Prior to working for the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, he spent eight years as chief patent counsel for Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private practice in Minnesota helping a wide variety of clients, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies, build patent portfolios to protect their innovations.

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