It is with great sadness that I inform the intellectual property law community of the passing of the Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff on March 20, 2020. He was 84 years old. I knew Gerry for more than 37 years, first as a Patent Examining Group Director when he was the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks in the Reagan Administration, then as a colleague at the Oblon firm, where I was a partner and he a Senior Counsel. He was a cherished friend. We will miss him dearly. Gerald J. Mossinghoff was born in St. Louis on September 30, 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from St. Louis University and a law degree from George Washington University. He worked four years as an examiner at the Patent Office, starting in 1957, before leaving to join a law firm. He returned to government service for a series of jobs including the post of director of legislative planning at the USPTO. Later, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he rose to the position of deputy general counsel.
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