John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction and advances the policies of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.
He established and leads the USPTO’s west coast regional office located in San Jose, and oversees stakeholder engagement on IP policy matters and IP education for the seven state region. John ensures the USPTO’s programs and initiatives are tailored to meeting the needs of the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A veteran of the USPTO for over 30 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across Agency leadership to implement the policies and priorities of the USPTO. John began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.
Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and was on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative’s Office. At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.