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John J. Doll


John J. Doll is the Commissioner for Patents, US Patent and Trademarks Office.

John J. Doll is the Commissioner for Patents, responsible for all aspects of the patent granting process for the United States, more than 7,000 employees, and an annual budget of more than $1.23 billion.

Previously, Mr. Doll served as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Resources and Planning, and on a detail assignment as Special Assistant to Jon Dudas, Director of the USPTO. Before his detail, Mr. Doll was the Director of Group 1600 that examines organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

Mr. Doll joined the Patent and Trademark Office in 1974 as a Patent Examiner and was promoted to Primary Examiner in 1979, reviewing patent applications encompassing pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides, and dyestuffs. As a Supervisory Patent Examiner in Groups 1100 and 1800, he was responsible for applications drawn from a variety of arts, including inorganic chemistry, hydrometallurgy, zeolite catalysts, buckministerfullerenes, proteins, and peptides. In 1992, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Group 1100 and 2900, which examined chemical, chemical engineering, and design patent applications. In 1995, he became the Director of Group 1800, which examined biotechnology patent applications. He was then one of the Directors of the Chemical Matrix that transitioned into Technology Center 1600.

As a Director, Mr. Doll led the development and implementation of the 35 United States Code (USC) 112, paragraph 1, Enablement Examiner Training Materials. He was a key member of the team that developed and implemented the 35 USC 101, Utility Guidelines, and the 35 USC 112, paragraph 1, Written Description Guidelines, as well as the associated Examiner Training Materials. He was also part of the team that led the Patent Corps Business Process Image File Wrapper implementation of image-based electronic patent applications.

Mr. Doll has received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for examination and supervisory accomplishments; a Bronze Medal for his work on the implementation of Patent Application Location and Monitoring (PALM); a Silver Medal for his work on the development of automated examiner office action tools; the Vice Presidential Hammer Award for his work in establishing the Biotechnology Customer Partnership; a Gold Medal for his work on the Image File Wrapper system; and was named a 2007 Service to America Medal Finalist.

Mr. Doll received a bachelor of science from Bowling Green State University in chemistry and physics, and a master of science from The Pennsylvania State University in physical chemistry.

John J. Doll is a speaker at the IQPC's Global IP Exchange to be held in Austin, Texas on Feb 22-24, 2009. BPCouncil is a proud partner of the event.

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