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Bruce Kisliuk is Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with oversight of the Patent business budget and planning, information management, and innovation development. He has held this position since March 2012. Prior to this appointment he served as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations for four years with oversight for the mechanical technology centers and prior to that the chemical technology centers. During that time he also served for five months as acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the USPTO.

Sue Purvis is the Innovation and Outreach Coordinator in the Greater New York Region. In this capacity she works closely with Cornell University as they endeavor to create Cornell NYC Tech which will be located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. In addition to working with Cornell, Sue will be working with other local educators in the area. She will also work with innovators and entrepreneurs in the City of New York to avail them of the information and resources offered by the Department of Commerce. Prior to her current role, she served as Expert Advisor to Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea. As Ms. Rea’s advisor, Sue assisted the Deputy Director to ensure the policies and priorities of the Under Secretary and Director were effectively carried out.

Joyce Ward serves as the Director of the Education and Outreach Office at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is tasked with expanding the reach of the USPTO’s education and outreach programs to provide greater numbers of educators and students with opportunities to participate in unique USPTO learning experiences. These programs are designed to enhance knowledge of intellectual property, invention, innovation, creativity and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as relates to intellectual property. Prior to joining the USPTO, Joyce served as the Director of Program Support and Intellectual Property for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. From 1994 to 2002 Joyce worked for the USPTO as a Trademark Examining Attorney and later as an Education Specialist in the Office of Public Affairs. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.