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Jonathan Ward "Jon" Dudas (born July 5, 1968) served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) until January 18, 2009.[1] He was nominated to the position by former President George W. Bush in March 2004 and appointed in July 2004. Dudas previously served as acting Under Secretary and Director, and Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director from 2002 to 2004.

Jon Dudas
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Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
In office
July 2004 – January 18, 2009
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJames E. Rogan
Succeeded byDavid Kappos


Background and careerEdit

Dudas holds a bachelor of science in finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Chicago, with honors. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar and the Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Dudas served six years as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, and Staff Director and Deputy General Counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary, where he guided enactment of major patent, trademark and copyright policy, including the 1999 American Inventors Protection Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He was also instrumental in the passage of the 1996 Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting Consumer Protection Act, a law making it more difficult for seized counterfeit merchandise to re-enter the consumer marketplace.[citation needed] Before his employment with the House of Representatives, Dudas practiced law in the Chicago law firm of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg.[citation needed]

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual PropertyEdit

As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Dudas was the lead policy advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, the President of the United States, and Administration agencies on intellectual property matters. Focusing on enhanced intellectual property (IP) protection for large corporations in 2006 Dudas had USPTO IP personnel placed in several high-profile countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, India, and Thailand.

Director of the USPTOEdit

As director of the USPTO, Dudas was responsible for administering the laws relevant to granting patents and trademarks, and the day-to-day management of the agency's $1.7 billion budget and over 8,000 employees.[2] However, he met the balance of requirements under US law and was appointed on advice and consent of the Senate. He has increased the hiring rate of examiners and increased the amount of monies the PTO retains.[citation needed]

After the PTOEdit

Dudas was a partner at the Washington D.C. office of the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP after leaving the USPTO. In June 2010, Dudas was selected to be the President of FIRST.[3]


On 14 June 2010, Dudas was announced as the new president of FIRST, effective 5 July 2010.[4]

On November 26, 2012, Dudas resigned from his position as FIRST president.[5]

After FIRSTEdit

On June 3, 2014 the University of Arizona announced Dudas as the senior associate to the president and secretary of the university.[6]


It is our responsibility not only to do everything we can do to perfect the patent system in the United States ... and we must also actively educate the world that it is fundamentally the best system.[7]

I'm a pure capitalist, I believe in markets. I think treating intellectual property and patents, and trademarks and copyrights, as property will bring more efficiency and more innovation. ... [T]here are great ideas that people have patented. They're not necessarily the best people to manufacture or develop that idea, but they can sell that idea to someone else.[8]


  1. ^ Dennis Crouch, Patently-O Bits and Bytes, Patently-O blog, January 16, 2009. Consulted on January 29, 2009.
  2. ^ "Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2006" (PDF). United States Patent and Trademark Office. 2006.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent Office Named President of FIRST®". FIRST. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Management Transition" (PDF). FIRST. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
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  7. ^ Statement of The Honorable Jon W. Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Committee on The Judiciary, United States Senate, “The Patent System: Today and Tomorrow”, April 21, 2005
  8. ^ "Q&A: US PTO's Jon Dudas". Red Herring. 2006-06-19.

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