Teresa Stanek Rea Esq.

Crowell & Moring LLP
Rea, Teresa Stanek

Teresa Stanek Rea is a Partner in Intellectual Property Group and a director with C&M International, Ltd. (CMI), the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with the firm, and serves as a member of the advisory board of Law's Life Sciences Law & Industry Report. Ms. Rea is the former Acting and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as Acting and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.

Ms. Rea brings a wealth of domestic and international experience and skills to her practice, both legal and political. Her practice concentrates on working with clients in several key areas, including IP policies and strategies, patent enforcement and post-grant administrative proceedings, trade secrets policy and enforcement, and digital/Internet related copyright issues.

While at the USPTO, Ms. Rea led the agency through the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA). She was actively involved in writing the regulations implementing the new inter partes review, covered business method review, and post-grant review proceedings created by the AIA, and she negotiated numerous IP issues with foreign officials. Ms. Rea was the senior official responsible for the administration's formulation and implementation of U.S. intellectual property policies, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues.

Ms. Rea focuses her practice on U.S. and international IP policy issues and disputes, complex patent litigation and inter partes administrative proceedings, trade secrets protection and enforcement, IP infringement and validity opinions, IP licensing, counseling, and patent portfolio development, management, and monetization. She works with clients in many industries including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, publishing, healthcare, and others. She advises clients on privacy, piracy, trademarks, issues related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and trade secrets matters.

In her role with CMI, Ms. Rea advises clients on copyright reform, trade secrets rulemaking, and on the important IP and dispute resolution chapters of trade agreements. Ms. Rea is the former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Prior to establishing her private legal practice, Ms. Rea was a patent attorney for a multinational chemical company. She is also a licensed pharmacist.

Ms. Rea received her B.S. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University.

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