Thursday, January 26, 2023 CIPLA Meeting

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The Connecticut Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) is pleased to announce its next meeting in the 2022-2023 schedule. 

We are welcoming Elizabeth Dougherty, the USPTO’s Eastern Regional Outreach Director, who will discuss new initiatives, programs and priorities at the USPTO including opportunities to engage with the Office.  Ms. Dougherty will share updates in both patents and trademarks while offering insights into goals being set for making impact in innovation across the nation. The conversation will also touch on the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 which contains directives impacting the agency and its operations.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at The Elm City Club in New Haven, from 6 to 9 PM, including a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 PM.

About Elizabeth Dougherty:

As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience working at the USPTO. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, she worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. She began her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to obtain her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a significant part of her career. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.

Ms. Dougherty has dedicated much of her career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. In this effort she has developed, implemented, and supervised programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. Similarly Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States.

Ms. Dougherty is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Patent and Trademark Office Society, the Supervisory Patent Examiners and Classifiers Organization, Women in Science and Engineering, Federally Employed Women, and the Network of Executive Women.

Please RSVP by January 24, 2023 on the CIPLA website or by emailing CIPLA Program Chair T. David Bomzer at