WASHINGTON, DC (February 27, 2017) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Bernard (“Bernie”) J. Knight, Jr. has been awarded this year’s Pasquale J. Federico Memorial Award (“Federico Award”) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the patent and trademark systems of the United States.
The Federico Award began in 1993 and has been issued annually by the Patent and Trademark Office Society, a group of intellectual property professionals founded in 1917. The award is named in honor of Pasquale J. (Pat) Federico who started as a junior examiner in 1923 and by 1940 had become the Chief of his division. Mr. Federico was then appointed to the Board of Appeals in 1947 and had dedicated over 50 years of service to the Patent and Trademark Office by the time of his retirement in 1977.
Mr. Knight is the deserving recipient of this year’s Federico Award based on his dedicated service and efforts to improve upon the patent and trademark systems in the United States. In one of his most impactful roles, Mr. Knight served as the general counsel for the USPTO during the design and implementation of the landmark America Invents Act (AIA). During this time, he was involved in developing the procedures behind some of the AIA’s key provisions. As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Knight was recently appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC).
Mr. Knight was honored at an award ceremony on February 23, 2107 alongside co-recipient Mark Lemley from Stanford Law School.
History of the Federico Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society
The first Federico Award was presented to the late Giles S. Rich, who had served on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and its predecessor court, the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals for over four decades. Honorees from other years include Stephen Kunin, Nicholas Godici, Paul Michel, Donald Banner, Charles E. Van Horn, Pauline Newman, C. Marshall Dann, Herbert Wamsley, Helen Wilson Nies, Mike Kirk, Tom Arnold, Howard T. Markey, Rene D. Tegtmeyer, and Isaac Fleischmann. Last year’s recipient was Judge Ray Chen of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read more here.
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