Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 05, 2014
Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino, Commissioner for Patents for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will speak in the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leaders and Legends lecture series on February 12, 2014, at the school’s Harbor East campus.
Her presentation is titled “Intellectual Property and Its Role in Global Business.”
The event will be held from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM. After breakfast, the speaker’s remarks will begin at 8 AM and will be followed by questions from the audience. Admission is $35, which includes the cost of breakfast. Parking is available at the site, 100 International Drive.
Focarino was appointed to her current position in January 2012. She previously served as deputy commissioner for patents, providing administrative oversight to nine patent technology centers and coordinating the activities of patent application examination and reissues of patents.
In her role as commissioner, Focarino manages and leads the patent organization as the chief operating officer. She is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of the organization that affect the administration of patent operations, examination policy, resources and planning, as well as budget administration.
She began her career at the USPTO in 1977 as a patent examiner. In 1997, Focarino was promoted to the senior executive service. She received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for leadership in 2010 for leading a joint union and management task force that developed and implemented the first significant changes to the patent examiner work credit system in more than 30 years.
Focarino was the 2010 recipient of American University’s School of Public Affairs Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership and was named to Managing Intellectual Property’s 2012 list of the Most Influential People in the world of intellectual property. In May of 2013, the Partnership for Public Service named her a finalist for the Service to America Medal in the category of Management Excellence.
She received her undergraduate degree in physics from the State University of New York and a Certificate in Advanced Public Management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
The Carey Business School’s Leaders and Legends lecture series provides a regular forum in which prominent officials from government and industry share their experiences and their thoughts on current relevant topics, particularly in regard to the global economy and matters of leadership. Past speakers include FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes, Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani, QVC CEO Michael George, and British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald.
To register and to learn more about the event, visit: http://carey.jhu.edu/about/news-events/leaderslegends/.