Sue Purvis

Sue Purvis currently serves as the Outreach and Education Advisor in the Office of Innovation Development.   In this capacity she is work to expand education and assistance to the innovation and entrepreneurial community.  Prior to her current role, she was the first Innovation and Outreach Coordinator in the Greater New York Region as part of a partnership with Cornell University.  


While serving in this capacity, Sue provided education and assistance to the innovation community of New York City, availing them of the information and resources offered by the Department of Commerce.


Previously, Sue served as Expert Advisor to Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Teresa Stanek Rea.  As Ms. Rea’s advisor, Sue assisted the Deputy Director to ensure the policies and priorities of the Under Secretary and Director were effectively carried out.


Ms. Purvis began her career at the USPTO in 1998 as a Patent Examiner in the Chemical Technology Center.  She was hired as a trainer in the new 8-month training academy in April 2006 and trained new examiners hired into the Computer Architecture area of the office.  In January 2007, she was hired a Supervisory Patent Examiner for Semiconductor Art Unit 2826.  From January to March of 2010, she served on a Detail in the Office of the Commissioner for Patents and was named Technology Center Coordinator for TC 2800 in April 2010. 


Ms. Purvis received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.