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John Cabeca

US Patent and Trademark Office
Officer
San Jose, CA
John Cabeca Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
 
As the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the Silicon Valley satellite office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the Silicon Valley's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Cabeca most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role he oversaw the staff of the Office of the Under Secretary, and worked closely with fellow members of USPTO’s Executive Committee to implement the policies and priorities for the Agency. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca later became a supervisory patent examiner, supervising examiners in the fields of computer memory access and control and graphical user and operator interfaces.

He then joined the Senior Executive Service (SES), serving at the helm of the Patent Technology Center overseeing the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies until his assignment in the Office of the Under Secretary and Director.

Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to inventor outreach and assistance programs. He also had the unique opportunity to work in a variety of organizations across the USPTO and throughout the federal government. Over the years, John served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) Office for Intellectual Property and Innovation and the Office for Japan, Korea, and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Affairs. At the USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, October 5
 

12:00pm