Speakers

Valencia Martin Wallace

Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation

Valencia Martin Wallace is Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation. As Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation, Ms. Martin Wallace will oversee the Patent business unit’s efforts related to the international IP arena. Specifically, she will provide executive leadership on international patent legal issues, work sharing efforts with international partners, information technology solutions supporting international users of the U.S. patent system, the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, and Patents’ international outreach efforts.

Ms. Martin Wallace previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality beginning in 2015, where she managed and led the Patent Organization’s quality initiatives, including improvement of the high quality of the patent examination process and products by implementing and maintaining a comprehensive quality management system. 

Prior to becoming Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Ms. Martin Wallace served as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations from 2011-2015, where she oversaw technology center operations in the software technology area. Ms. Martin Wallace is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and The George Washington University School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctorate. She has also received a certificate in Advanced Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Administration.