Christal Sheppard is the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Midwest Satellite Office located in Detroit, Michigan. She leads the USPTO operations, policy and community outreach efforts throughout the Midwestern United States.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Sheppard was an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska where she co-founded a program of concentrated study in intellectual property law at the Law College.
Sheppard has master’s and doctoral degrees in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Cornell University Law School. She has more than two decades of science and intellectual property law and policy experience including as practicing attorney at Foley & Lardner and the United States International Trade Commission and through internships with Judge Radar at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 2005, Sheppard completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education for Senior Managers in Government program, and in 2014, she completed a George Mason University Law and Economics Institute program.
Her successful career in intellectual property law and policy includes her tenure as chief counsel on patents and trademarks for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was integral in many endeavors including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive change to this nation's intellectual property laws in more than 60 years.
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