Last Thursday, May 20, the IP business misplaced a pacesetter and a devoted servant. John Doll, surrounded by household, handed at a hospital in Wake Forest, North Carolina after a protracted battle with lung most cancers. For those that knew Doll personally or professionally, he was in it “to win it,” approaching it scientifically till the top, taking part in medical trials the place potential and protecting abreast of latest discoveries. In reality, in June of 2020, Doll was chosen by the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) to share his expertise on National Cancer Survivors Day. In his recorded message, Doll spoke instantly in regards to the significance of analysis for drug design and improvement in treating lung most cancers.
Doll spent the overwhelming majority of his profession in mental property at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A graduate of Bowling Green (*72*) University and subsequently Penn (*72*) University, Doll started his exceptional trajectory in 1974 as a patent examiner to conclude a noteworthy 35 years later because the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO. During that tenure, Doll held all kinds of positions, however maybe grew to become finest recognized and most at residence in his function because the Commissioner for Patents, a place he held from 2005 till 2009. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of (*72*), as soon as mentioned, “There’s no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service.” Doll definitely embodied this ideally suited. He carried the general public mantle of civil servant with character and nice fortitude.
Having risen from the ranks of the patent corps, Doll was a pacesetter of the folks for the folks. He labored intently with the unions but additionally sought the help of the business. He labored for what he thought was proper for the IP system, most particularly within the space of patents, even when it made him lower than widespread. His efforts had been uniquely at all times directed in direction of enhancing the standard of the system. He recurrently spoke to inside USPTO audiences, enthusiastic about welcoming incoming courses of patent examiners and graduating major examiners, and to exterior gatherings of IP professionals on all kinds of subjects. He was a colleague to all and a pal to many, at all times there to supply a sort phrase or so as to add some levity to a difficult state of affairs.
After retiring from the USPTO, Doll went on to have an impactful profession as an skilled witness within the business. Doll welcomed the mental problem of the work, in addition to the chance to stay a vibrant a part of the follow and improve his information of numerous applied sciences. From 2009 onward, he participated in a range of workshops, court docket proceedings and technical displays on quite a few subjects the place he was capable of share his experience.
As a person, Doll was a father, a grandfather, a husband, a scientist, and a civil servant. He juggled these varied roles with nice success evidenced by the legacy that he has left behind. Doll was equally snug navigating the shores of the Chesapeake Bay or Lake Norman, North Carolina as he was the ins and outs of digital submitting of patents and the confines of patent subject material eligibility. Doll tended his take care of the IP system, very similar to the eye he paid to his classic corvette, requiring precision, fine-tuning, and high quality workmanship. Doll, nonetheless, was at all times one to look on the intense aspect and to by no means take himself too significantly. Given the possibility, he would need us all to absorb this second and luxuriate in!!!
is the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She carries out the strategic course of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is chargeable for main the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the area and actively participating with the group, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and packages are tailor-made to the area’s distinctive ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Ms. Dougherty has greater than 25 years of expertise working at the USPTO. She served because the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this function, she labored intently throughout the Agency’s management to implement the insurance policies and priorities for the USPTO. She started her profession at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s diploma in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to acquire her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor within the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a major a part of her profession. Over the years, she has additionally served within the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.