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Janet Gongola is the Patent Reform Coordinator
at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she manages
all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the America Invents Act. Ms.
Gongola has been an Associate Solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor at the
USPTO where she provided legal advice to agency officials and defended
decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark
Trial and Appeal Board before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
as well as district courts across the country.

Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Gongola served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Paul R. Michel at the Federal Circuit and for Chief Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Gongola previously worked as a patent attorney, patent agent, and research chemist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ms. Gongola graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, and she received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Muskingum University.

Ms. Gongola is an officer of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. She has served as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law and currently teaches at the George Washington University Law School.
Stay tuned for more details on our guest from the USPTO and hear updates about the America Invents Act