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Approved: PTOSJUNE30
Patent and Trademark Office Society

Annual Meeting

February 14, 2019
10:00 a.m.
USPTO North Auditorium
Madison Building


Laura A. Peter

Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

PTOS Members: One hour of other time for attending may be charged to:
Patent employees: PNCSPA-0000-090241
Non-Patent employees: AVEORG-0065-A00151
Supervisor’s approval required.

Event address for attendees:

Date and time:

Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:00 am
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)


1 hour


PTOS Annual Meeting

Event number:

993 614 596

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Laura Peter is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she is responsible for all agency operations and managing approximately 13,000 employees.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Peter was the Deputy General Counsel of A10 Networks, where she oversaw daily legal matters related to commercial agreements, litigation, and intellectual property (IP) portfolio development. In 2014, she helped shepherd the company through its initial public offering.
Ms. Peter has practiced IP law for over 20 years. Previously, she was Vice President and General Counsel of Immersion Corporation, where she led all aspects of the company’s legal issues, including its IP portfolio. She was also Assistant General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property at Foundry Networks, where she built a successful patent portfolio and litigation program. She began her career as a commercial and IP litigator at Townsend, Townsend and Crew (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP).
Ms. Peter received a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Cornell University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Master of Law degree in international business law from King’s College London.