Russell Slifer

Russell Slifer

Russell Slifer is the former Deputy Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Slifer served as Deputy USPTO Director from March 2015 through January 20, 2017. While Deputy Director, Slifer managed all of the day-to-day operations of the USPTO. Most recently Silfer has joined Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director of the USPTO, Mr. Slifer served as the Director of the Rocky Mountain United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he led efforts to foster business and technological innovation. His team promoted economic development and intellectual property knowledge throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He encouraged increase cooperation between USPTO stakeholders, the patent and trademark applicants, the intellectual property bar, businesses, and the education community in the region. In addition, Mr. Slifer advised the USPTO on a variety of policy matters.

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Posts by Russell Slifer


My Top 25 Songs of All Time

I took Gene’s request to heart and really tried to capture my top 25 songs. To be honest, however, I had a very difficult time narrowing the …
By Russell Slifer
10 months ago 8

How to improve IPRs without tossing the baby out with the bath water

It is clear that the current regulations are almost exclusively focused § 316(b)’s “the ability of the Office to timely complete proceedings” and not the other language …
By Russell Slifer
1 year ago 61