World Intellectual Property Day,
Teresa Stanek Rea
Rea is a past president of AIPLA, and a past president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and she has served in leadership roles for a variety of technical and legal associations. Rea has spoken and published frequently on patent topics, including biotechnology, nanotechnology, licensing, technology transfer, patent practice, and export control. Before joining the USPTO, Rea was a partner in Crowell and Moring LLP's Washington, D.C., office, where she focused on intellectual property and dispute resolution related to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life science issues. Rea worked for Ethyl Corporation from 1980 through 1984 and for patent boutique firm Burns, Doane, Swecker and Mathis in Alexandria, Virginia.
A native of Michigan, Rea earned a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University and a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan. She also maintains an active pharmacy license.