Law professor named to U.S. patent advisory board

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez recently appointed F. Scott Kieff, J.D., professor of law, to serve a three-year term on the nine-person Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Congress created the committee in 1999 to advise the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on matters relating to the policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees of the patent operation.

Kieff also is a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, where he runs the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation, and a faculty member of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center in Germany.

He regularly serves as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies and courts, and served for two years on the Federal Circuit’s Appellate Mediation Panel.