Jasemine C. Chambers, PhD, JD
Deputy Administrator for External Affairs, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
As Deputy Administrator, Dr. Chambers assists the Administrator in providing policy advice to the Director of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on matters relating to intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement, and IP-related trade issues, including proposed legislation and international activities. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of a 100-member organization that comprises the Policy Division, the Office of Governmental Affairs, the Global IP Academy, the IP Attaché Program, and the Office of the Chief Economist.
Dr. Chambers’ previous appointments at the USPTO include serving as Director of Technology Center 2900 where she oversaw the examination of design patent applications and as Director of Technology Center 1600 where she oversaw the examination of biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent applications. In 2000, she became the first Asian female to be appointed to the USPTO’s Senior Executive Corps.
Dr. Chambers was instrumental in developing policy and practice related to the examination of gene sequences, stem cells, transgenic animals and gene therapies, as well as in developing examination guidelines and examiner training materials on the utility, written description and enablement requirements for biotechnological inventions. She represented the USPTO in meetings of the Trilateral Biotechnology Working Group and worked on harmonizing examination practices. Dr. Chambers also served as the USPTO's project coordinator in the creation of the Patent Cooperation Treaty Search and Examination Guidelines that was subsequently adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2004.
A former law clerk to Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Dr. Chambers has served on detail assignments at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Department of State’s Office of IP Enforcement. Prior to joining the USPTO, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Duke University Medical Center, and a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Chambers received a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from the Florida State University, and a JD with honors from the George Washington University Law School. She is a member of the Maryland bar and the District of Columbia bar, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.