Law Professor to Advise U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
March 13, 2012 – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has selected Georgetown law professor Jay Thomas as its first Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Professional to address agency issues such as implementation of new laws and patent application backlogs.
The newly established program enlists the expertise of academic and intellectual property industry leaders on a full-time basis.
Thomas, who began his term in January, has taught classes at the Law Center on intellectual property, patents, international law and food and drug law.
“I am honored to undertake the inaugural Edison visitorship,” Thomas says. “The enthusiasm, leadership and professionalism of [the Patent and Trademark Office] management have truly motivated me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the crucial work of this agency.”
In addition to his work at Georgetown, the professor has been a visiting scholar at the Congressional Research Service, a visiting fellow at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Patent, Copyright and Unfair Competition Law, and a research scholar at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo. He also has served as an instructor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office’s Patent Academy.