Calvert to deliver lectures on intellectual property

Published: Jan 15, 2008 3:48:40 PM
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John J. Calvert, administrator for the Inventor Assistance Program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will lead a seminar in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering on the basics of intellectual property protection on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in Shelby Center 3210. Calvert will speak again as part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Seminar on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. in Ross Hall 278. This lecture will be titled, "From Concept to the Marketplace - How to Protect your Intellectual Property."

Calvert graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in textile technology in May 1971. He returned to N.C. State University in 1984 for a master's degree in textile management. In February 1990, he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an examiner specializing in textile technology. In February 1995, Calvert became a primary examiner and was promoted to supervisor in 1998.

At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Calvert's responsibilities include oversight for individual inventor programs, establishment of programs with inventor organizations, small business, and other federal agencies, and educational outreach to all levels of schools from elementary through post graduate. Prior to becoming administrator, Calvert was responsible for supervising as many as 25 examiners in the area of textile technology and absorbent products. He also served as acting director of the Office of Independent Inventor Programs for the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Calvert has received numerous achievement awards, including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior Federal service and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Exceptional Career Award. He has also received numerous Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Recognition awards. Calvert completed studies in the Syracuse University, Maxwell School certificates program of Advanced Public Management and completed the Executive Development Seminar sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management.