Peter-Anthony Pappas | Inventing America

Peter-Anthony Pappas

Professional Staff Member Detailee

Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Peter-Anthony is the third generation of his family to pursue public service. He currently serves as a
Professional Staff Member Detailee with the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary under Senator
Thom Tillis – Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property (IP). In this role
Peter-Anthony advises the senator on IP matters, antitrust, tech (e.g., artificial intelligence, etc.),
and cybersecurity matters. Peter-Anthony is detailed from the United States Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO).

Peter-Anthony has previously served as the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce
for IP and Director of the USPTO, where he advised and supported former Director Andrei Iancu on
IP-related and operational matters, such as (i) the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
Guidance, (ii) the impact of AI on IP policy, and (iii) the use of AI tools to aid in the examination of
patent and trademark applications.

Alongside the Deputy Director, Peter-Anthony both created and served on the USPTO AI Policy
Committee (now the USPTO AI Policy Working Group), which was responsible for considering the
interplay between AI and IP rights for the agency and the broader IP stakeholder community. While
at the USPTO he served on the White House National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee AI
Research and Development Interagency Working Group and on the Department of Commerce
Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP) AI Standards Coordination Working Group. He
has served in various other USPTO roles, including Branch Chief within the Patent Trial and
Appeal Board, Supervisory Patent Examiner, and Primary Patent Examiner.

Peter-Anthony received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute
of Technology and an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy