JAMES E. ROGAN
Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
James E. Rogan was
sworn in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December
7, 2001. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 25, 2001,
and confirmed by the United States Senate on November 30, 2001.
Judge Rogan manages
USPTO's operations and is principal policy advisor to the Bush Administration
on all domestic and international intellectual property matters. He also
co-chairs the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination
Council, which oversees domestic and international intellectual property
enforcement among federal and foreign entities.
Among the Under Secretary's
top priorities is securing adequate funding to improve the quality and
minimize the processing times of patents and trademarks, as well as strengthening
enforcement of patent, trademark, and copyright protections worldwide.
Judge Rogan was a
member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001.
He was one of only two members of the House of Representatives to serve
on both the prestigious House Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary
Committee. His service on the Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Courts
and Intellectual Property earned him a reputation as a leader on both
the protection of intellectual property and the modernization of intellectual
property laws to protect America's economic interests. As a member of
the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Judge Rogan was
a leader in helping to increase the number of H1-B immigration visas that
are critical to America's high-tech community.
Judge Rogan has a
distinguished career in public service. He was a gang murder prosecutor
in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, and was named by
California Lawyer Magazine as one of the state's most effective prosecutors.
He became California's youngest sitting state court judge in 1990, and
served as presiding judge of his court until his election to the California
State Assembly in 1994. Elected Majority Leader of the legislature in
his freshman term, Judge Rogan was named by the California Journal as
"Number One in Integrity" and "Number One in Effectiveness"
in their biennial statewide survey. Elected to Congress in 1996, Judge
Rogan served two terms in the House of Representatives. He served as a
House Manager in the United States Senate impeachment trial of President
Clinton, after which he was defeated for reelection in his Democrat-majority
district. Appointed a local board member of the Selective Service System
by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Judge Rogan recently retired from
that post after completing 20 years of voluntary service.
Judge Rogan earned
a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979, and
his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1983, where he served as a member
of the UCLA Law Review. He and his wife Christine were married in 1988;
they have twin daughters Dana and Claire (born in 1992).