Portrait of Terry Rea
Named as an "Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer" by National Law Journal

Government Experience

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office—Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director (2011-2013; Acting Under Secretary and Acting Director, Feb.-Sept. 2013)

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.S. (1976)
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. (1980)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Terry Rea, Partner Washington, D.C.
trea@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2620
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004-2595

Teresa "Terry" Stanek Rea is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group and a director with C&M International, Ltd. (CMI), the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring. Terry is the former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as acting and deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property. She 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. Managing Intellectual Property recognized Terry as one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property. Additionally, Terry has been named among the National Law Journal's 2014 "Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers," Law360's "2014 Most Influential Women in IP," and the Washington Business Journal's "Legal Champions."

While at the USPTO, Terry 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. Terry 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.

Terry 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. Terry advises clients on privacy, piracy, trademarks, issues related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and trade secrets matters.  

In her role with CMI, Terry advises clients on copyright reform, trade secrets rulemaking, and on the important IP and dispute resolution chapters of trade agreements.

Terry 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, Terry was a patent attorney for a multinational chemical company. She is also a licensed pharmacist. She obtained her J.D. from Wayne State University, and her B.S. from the University of Michigan.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (practice limited to patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition causes), Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Other Affiliations

  • President, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2008-2009)
  • President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (2006-2007)
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Council (2002-2006)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Chair, PTC Law Section (1994-1995)
  • Biotechnology Section Chair/Executive Council, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (1995-1996)
  • Treasurer, National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations (1999-2001)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • D.C. Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Legal Analytics for PTAB," Lex Machina Webcast (February 12, 2015). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Corporate Counsel Litigation Forum: A peer-to-peer conversation on trends in intellectual property," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 28, 2015). Moderator: Terry Rea.
  • "Lessons Learned From the First IPRs and PGRs: Best Practices for Offensive and Defensive Use of AIA Procedures in the Life Sciences Space," Life Sciences Patents, ACI, New York, NY (January 13-14, 2015). Speaker: Terry Rea.
  • University of Texas 19th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Austin, TX (November 6, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Working Group X: Parallel Proceedings," Sedona All Voices Conference, New Orleans, LA (November 4, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2014). Speaker: Terry Rea.
  • "What are the Unforeseen Outcomes of a Rapidly-Changing Healthcare Landscape?" Unintended Consequences of Healthcare & Life Science Legislation Symposium, Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2014). Speaker: Terry Rea.
  • All Ohio IP Program, Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH (September 16 and 18, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "The Brave New World of Prosecution Under AIA First Inventor to File Provision," ABA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (August 14, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Litigation Forecast 2014—Current Developments in Patent Litigation: The Impact of Inter Partes Review," Crowell & Moring Webinar (July 23, 2014). Presenters: Terry Rea, Jeffrey D. Sanok, and Brian M. Koide.
  • "The Most Powerful Tool in Your Arsenal: Using Inter-Partes Review at the PTO to Revamp Branded and Biosimilar Litigation Strategies," ACI - Biosimilars: The Definitive Forum on the Legal, Regulatory, Patent, and Commercial Realities of Biosimilars (June 6, 2014). Moderator: Terry Rea.
  • Rio Roadhouse -Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Doing Business with the U.S. Government in a Changing IP Environment: What You Need to Know to Protect Your IP," San Diego, CA (May 1, 2014). Presenters: Gail D. Zirkelbach, John E. McCarthy Jr., and Terry Rea.
  • "Doing Business with the U.S. Government in a Changing IP Environment: What You Need to Know to Protect Your IP," Santa Clara, CA (April 30, 2014). Presenters: Gail D. Zirkelbach, John E. McCarthy Jr., and Terry Rea.
  • "The First Eighteen Months of Post Grant Challenges," PLI, San Francisco, CA (April 28, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "USPTO Post Grant Proceedings," Fordham IP Law & Policy Conference, New York, NY (April 23, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • World Intellectual Property Day, Minneapolis, MN (April 22, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "What Your Corporate Advisor Should Be Telling You About Trending Regulatory Issues Facing Technology Companies," iACC SFBA, San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2014). Presenters: Nancy Saracino, Terry Rea, Gregory D. Call, and Evan D. Wolff.
  • "The First Eighteen Months of Post Grant Challenges," PLI, New York, NY (March 27, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Establishing a Global Framework For Intellectual Property Protection," The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Miami, Fl (February 24, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • 2nd Annual Naples Midwinter Patent Experts Conference, Naples, Fl (February 9, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Protecting Israeli Investors and Industries Doing Business Overseas: International Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration," Peres Academic Center and Crowell & Moring Conference, Rehovot, Israel (January 30, 2014). Presenters: Stuart H. Newberger, Ian A. Laird, Terry Rea, Jonathan S. Kallmer, and Claire Stockford.
  • "Update on the USPTO," OC Export Program on IP and Trade, Orange County, CA (January 24, 2014). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Impact of the AIA," Los Angeles IP Law Association, Los Angeles, CA (January 24, 2014). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • 3rd Annual China IP Conference, Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2013). Panelist: Terry Rea.
  • "Views from the Patent Offices," The Federal Circuit Bar Association - Bench & Bar, Toronto, Canada (September 17, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Keynote: New Developments at the USPTO," Managing IP — Global Innovation Summit Shanghai, China (September 4, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Balancing Innovation and Competition through IP Policies," China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China (September 2, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "How to Protect IP in the United States, Keynote Overview of IPR," IP Symposium, Nanjing and Qindao, China (September 2 and 6, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "New Developments at the USPTO," Japanese Patent Attorney Association, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan (August 29-30, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Global IP Perspectives and Strategies," 4th Global Forum on Intellectual Property, Singapore (August 27, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "USPTO Union Relationship," Association of Labor Relations Conference, Washington, D.C. (July 23, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Current Changes in Intellectual Property," Hispanic National Bar Association/Microsoft IP Institute, Alexandria, VA (July 11, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Bayh-Dole Act and Innovation Metrics, U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue, Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Launch of the Global Innovation Index Update on the USPTO Initiatives, Cornell University, New York (July 8, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Current Programs at the USPTO," Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Best Practices Post America Invents Act," Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Las Vegas, NV (June 7, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The New Trial Practice at the USPTO," 5th Annual Patterson Thuente Lecture on Intellectual Property, Minneapolis, MN (May 21, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Update on Progress at the USPTO," Battelle Commercialization Council Meeting, Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "International Series Program Best Practices — A Global Dialogue," Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Patent Trial and Appeal Board," Sedona Regional Conference on Patent Litigation, Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "U.S. China IP Cooperation Dialogue Status of U.S. and China Initiatives," U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Annual Conference New Tools for Search," Patent Information User Group, Alexandria, VA (May 2, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Evolving Face of IP," World IP Day, Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Visionary Innovators and Intellectual Property: Around the World," Licensing Executive Society, Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Update on Progress at the USPTO," New York/New Jersey Annual Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education Program, video from Alexandria, VA (April 16, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Patents for Humanity Awards," Capitol Hill Event, Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Progress on the Joint Project," NBC Learn Science of Education Series, Alexandria, VA (April 3, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Interplay between IP and Antitrust," IP Enforcement & Antitrust Defenses Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Update on Current Developments at the USPTO," Symposium on Intellectual Property Law & Policy, Akron, OH (March 4, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The New Trial Procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Licensing Executive Society IP 100 Event, Phoenix, AZ (February 11, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Mid-Winter Institute International Approaches to Intellectual Property Law," American Intellectual Property Law Association, Tampa, FL (February 2, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Status of Initiatives at the USPTO," iBridge Symposium, Omaha, NE (January 30, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Activities between the USPTO and SIPO," Fordham Law School China Program, New York (January 28, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Status of the America Invents Act," University of Texas Advanced Patent Law Institute, Alexandria, VA (January 24, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Status of China Initiatives at the USPTO," Second Annual Joint George Washington Law and Fordham Law School China Program, Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2013). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Status of the IP Attaché Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Annual IP Attaché Roundtable, Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Patents Year in Review," Intellectual Property Owners/U.S. Patent and Trademark Day, Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "IP and Health Care," FasterCures' Partnering for Cures 2012, New York (November 29, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Implementation of the America Invents Act," American Conference Institute Biotech Patents, Boston, MA (November 28, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Rebuilding the Ecosystem of Innovation: Implications of U.S. Patent Reform on the Biological and Life Sciences," MichBio 2012 Annual Event, East Lansing, MI (November 8, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "Accelerated Case Review," Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Roundtable, Washington, D.C. (October 30, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "The Importance of the Role of the Ombudsman, Coalition of the Federal Ombudsman Event, Alexandria, VA (October 29, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.
  • "4th Life Sciences Congress on Paragraph IV Disputes," Center for Business Intelligence, Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2012). Presenter: Terry Rea.


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In the News

  • Life Sciences Cases to Watch In 2015
    January 2, 2015 — Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based partners, Terry Rea, of Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group, and Keith J. Harrison, of the firm's Labor & Employment and Litigation groups, weigh in on two important cases in the life sciences arena. Harrison discusses Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.'s challenge of a California appellate decision that a generic-drug manufacturer can be held liable for failing to warn consumers of the side effects listed on the equivalent brand-name drug, which may potentially be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court. "This is going to be a case that is going to further define the scope of federal preemption," Harrison said. Additionally, Rea talks about the Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC suit, which argues that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board uses the incorrect standard during America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings, making it difficult for inventors to retain their patents. "Everybody is going to be very, very careful how they handle this [case]," Rea said of the suit, which may upend new IPR standards.


  • Patent Legislation to Watch In 2015
    January 2, 2015 — Law360

    Terry Rea, a Washington, D.C.-based partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group, comments on patent reform legislation in Congress pertaining to fee-shifting and other issues. Rea notes that while Congress appears to be eager to take action to curb abusive litigation, "there's an increased awareness of the need to do it delicately and with a proper balance. Congress has an appreciation of the fact that any legislation cannot be overarching, because there will be unintended consequences," she said.


  • 2014 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers
    October 2014 — National Law Journal

    Terry Rea, a Washington, D.C.-based Intellectual Property Group partner and director with C&M International, is featured as one of the National Law Journal's "2014 Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers." The National Law Journal highlights the strides Rea made as acting and deputy director at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as her predictions for the intellectual property space. "We will see some targeted limited specific legislation—and some rule changes—in 2015," said Rea.


  • Influential Women in IP Law: Teresa Stanek Rea
    October 27, 2014 — Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based Intellectual Property Group partner and director with C&M International, Terry Rea, was featured as one of Law360's "20 Most Influential Women in IP Law." The article details her astounding accomplishments and provides some kind words that speak to Rea's reputation from those she has worked with throughout her career. David Kappos, who worked with Terry as a director of the USPTO during Rea's tenure as deputy director there told Law360 about the special kind of person Rea is. "What makes Terry special is it's not about training on any specific issue — something you can read about in a book, or what you can do to win a case in an adversarial context where you have practically an infinite amount of time to get ready on a very specific set of facts and laws," Kappos states. "Being the face of the American innovation system to wide-ranging groups is something that you do because you've developed a very different unique set of skills, and that you do well if you've developed those skills to the highest level."


  • Worries Over Supreme Court's Flirting with 101
    October 24, 2014 — Managing Intellectual Property

    Washington, D.C.-based Intellectual Property Group partner and director with C&M International, Terry Rea, was acknowledged in Managing Intellectual Property for her role as a moderator at a recent panel discussion. The panel Rea moderated discussed the impact of the Supreme Court on Section 101 and featured panelists David Kappos and Laurie Self.


  • Legal Champions Greater Washington 2014
    October 24, 2014 — Washington Business Journal

    Washington, D.C.-based Intellectual Property Group partner and director with C&M International, Terry Rea, made the Washington Business Journal’s inaugural list of Legal Champions in the "New Additions" category. Rea, who recently came back to work in the private sector after spending time at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as the first female acting and deputy director, touched on why she became a lawyer as well as the changes she has seen in the patent law arena along the way. Additionally, Rea was highlighted in three videos where she provided her thoughts on the misconceptions about lawyers, how the legal profession has changed, and the toughest part about being a lawyer.




Firm News & Announcements

Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Jan.07.2015 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Featured Among National Law Journal’s Trailblazers & Pioneers
Oct.29.2014 Crowell & Moring's Terry Rea Honored by the National Law Journal, Law360, and Washington Business Journal
Sep.04.2014 Crowell & Moring Launches Israel Practice
Dec.04.2013 USPTO Acting Director Teresa Stanek Rea Returns to Crowell & Moring; Boosts U.S. and International Litigation and Regulatory Capabilities
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