By Dennis Crouch
President Obama has nominated Chicago Business Leader Penny Pritzker to be the next US Secretary of Commerce. John Bryson stepped-down from that post in 2012 and Rebecca Blank has been the acting Secretary for the past year. The US Patent & Trademark Office operates within the Department of Commerce and is currently being led by acting director Terry Rea. The president will likely wait to offer a name for the next USPTO director until the Secretary of Commerce position is solidified.