Introducing USPTO Silicon Valley Regional Director Wayne Stacy

by John Roberts on June 9, 2020

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Introducing USPTO Silicon Valley Regional Director Wayne Stacy


It is my pleasure to inform you that Wayne Stacy has been sworn in by USPTO Under Secretary and Director Andrei Iancu as the new Regional Director for the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office. Regional Director Stacy brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Below is his biography, which will appear on our external website later today.

As the Regional Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office, Wayne Stacy carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s West Coast regional office in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Stacy ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Stacy was a partner in the Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property group. With a computer-engineering background, he has over twenty years of experience litigating high-stakes technology cases, including patent, trade secret, software-based copyright and technology-licensing disputes. He has served as the lead lawyer in numerous jury trials.

For almost two decades, Mr. Stacy has dedicated his spare time to teaching law students about the realities of litigating technology cases. He has been an adjunct professor at four universities, teaching patent law, patent litigation, copyright law and PTAB practice. Mr. Stacy also devotes significant time to improving the legal community. He has served on Federal Court local-rule committees, drafting patent local rules. He also served as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where he has taught a variety of courses from deposition skills to his favorite course, trial skills for public service attorneys.

On a personal note, it was an honor for me to serve as SVRO Executive Advisor and interact with so many of you during these past six months. I look forward to continued engagement in my permanent role as USPTO Chief of Staff back in Alexandria, Virginia.

I know Regional Director Stacy is eager to engage with our stakeholders throughout the West Coast and learn more about the region’s unique needs. Our SVRO team will be setting up virtual introductory meetings for Regional Director Stacy, so please let us know if you would like to get a virtual meeting scheduled with your organization.

Chris Shipp
USPTO Chief of Staff

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