Stephen M. Pinkos

Stephen Pinkos has nearly 15 years of experience working in senior government positions on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. From January 2011 to June 2013, Steve served as Policy Director and General Counsel to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.  He worked with the Offices of the Speaker and Majority Leader to devise and pass all major legislation considered by the House of Representatives. He also worked with the Office of the Speaker and the House General Counsel on broad legal matters affecting the House of Representatives.

From 2007-2011, Steve was based in Fort Worth, Texas and worked as a lawyer, government relations specialist and businessman.  He advised major corporations on legislative issues and provided expert advice on USPTO matters.  He was also involved in Barnett Shale oil and gas leasing and partnered in an effort to bring more choice and competition to the Internet domain market.

From 2004-2007, Steve served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this position, he was one of the top IP policy-makers in the U.S, helping to develop and articulate the Bush Administration’s policy positions on all foreign and domestic patent, trademark and copyright issues. He managed the operations at the USPTO — an agency with 7,000 employees and a $1.7 billion budget — and a comprehensive effort to improve the quality and timeliness of patent and trademark examinations.  Steve was also integral to the Bush Administration’s efforts to devise and implement strategies to promote the global IP interests of U.S. businesses and to thwart the global counterfeiting of U.S. products. He also spearheaded the USPTO’s efforts to facilitate greater efficiency and stronger cooperation among the USPTO and other IP offices around the world. This work required coordination with private industry as well as negotiation with officials from foreign governments and international organizations. Accordingly, Steve led delegations to Geneva, China, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Korea, Brazil and Vietnam.

Prior to his USPTO appointment, Steve served nine years in his first stint as a staffer on Capitol Hill.  This included six years with the House Committee on the Judiciary working under Chairmen Hyde and Sensenbrenner. As Committee Staff Director and Deputy General Counsel from 2001-2004, Steve managed the Congressional consideration of significant issues including the several trade agreements; litigation management proposals; immigration, antitrust, intellectual property and bankruptcy law changes; and law enforcement oversight and legislation, including anti-terrorism laws.

In November of 2008, Mr. Pinkos was appointed to the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) by Commerce Secretary Gutierrez and he served on the Board until returning to Capitol Hill in January, 2011.

Steve received his JD from DePaul University College of Law and a BA from Miami University.