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By Tony Dutra
Dec. 8 — Engineer and intellectual property attorney Hope Shimabuku was named Dec. 8 to be the first director of the Patent and Trademark Office's recently opened Dallas regional office.
Shimabuku was previously corporate counsel responsible for all intellectual property matters for Xerox Business Services LLC, in-house counsel at Blackberry Corp., and an engineer with Procter & Gamble and Dell Computer Corp.
The native Texan is “a veteran of the innovation ecosystem in Texas,” PTO Director Michelle K. Lee said in a blog post. “When Hope comes on board in January, she will actively engage with innovation communities in many states across the broader region, promoting USPTO services and initiatives that match the exact needs of those audiences.”
Shimabuku received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas.
The PTO officially opened its Texas regional office Nov. 9 (217 PTD 217, 11/10/15). Several Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges are already resident at the office, with examiners starting Jan. 11. Once fully staffed, the office will have more than 100 examiners, judges and outreach and administrative staff, providing services for inventors in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.
The agency's other regional offices are located in Detroit, Denver and San Jose, Calif. Christal Sheppard is the Detroit office director and John Cabeca leads the team in San Jose. The PTO has not yet named a Denver office director.
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