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Crowell & Moring's Terry Rea Honored by the National Law Journal, Law360, and Washington Business Journal

Washington, D.C. – October 29, 2014: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that Teresa "Terry" Stanek Rea, a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group and a director with C&M International, Ltd. (CMI), 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."

Rea was honored by the three publications for her contributions to the intellectual property (IP) community both in her role as 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, and as a partner at Crowell & Moring. 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.

The National Law Journal's 2014 "Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers," which published in the October 2014 issue, celebrates the achievements of 52 IP attorneys and others who are innovating in the field, helping to change the way copyright, patent, trademark or licensing law is practiced, or how IP is protected and managed. The article, available here, notes Rea's achievement as the senior official responsible for the Obama administration's formulation and implementation of the America Invents Act. According to Rea, "I was able to offer the PTO the outside practitioner's perspective. I understood how corporations, risk officers and law firms look at things."

Rea was also featured in Law360's "Most Influential Women In IP" series for her significant strides in the male-dominated field of intellectual property law, showcasing the career accomplishments of a select group of female attorneys who are leading the charge in waging high-stakes patent battles, managing billion-dollar portfolios, and closing mega IP deals. The Law360 feature on Rea, which published October 27, is available here. In the article, Rea notes, "she never felt hampered by her gender, noting everybody has had impediments to moving forward in their career at one time or another. Her focus has been trying to do a good job and do what makes her happy."

The Washington Business Journal's inaugural "Greater Washington's Legal Champions" award, which published on October 24, 2014, honored 21 distinguished legal professionals from law firms and general counsels from corporations and nonprofits in the Washington region.  The honorees were celebrated at an awards reception on October 28. A feature article about Rea is available here. In the article, Rea notes that her most memorable project with a successful outcome was, "when I was with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and President Obama signed the America Invents Act in September of 2011." In addition, she provides commentary in a series of videos discussing: misconceptions about lawyers, available here; how the legal profession has changed, available here; and the toughest part of being a lawyer, available here.

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Anchorage, London, and Brussels.


Christine Elfmann
Senior Communications Manager