Charles Pearson is the Director of the International Patent Legal Division at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Charles came to the USPTO in 1980 and has served as a Patent Examiner and Special Program Examiner in the Examining Corps. In 1989, he was appointed as a Legal Examiner in the International Division and in 1993 was named Administrator of the PCT Legal Office. He has also served as the Patent Legal Administrator and the Director of the Office of Petitions at the USPTO. Charles is a two time recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for his work on international patent matters.
Charles has made many presentations on intellectual property topics and represented the United States at numerous meetings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Pearson holds a Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association.