Drew Hirshfeld is Commissioner for Patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He was appointed to this position in July 2015. As Commissioner for Patents, Hirshfeld manages and leads the patent organization as its chief operating officer. He is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of this organization which affect administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Prior to serving as Commissioner for Patents, Hirshfeld was the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and has served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. Hirshfeld began his career at the USPTO in 1994 as a Patent Examiner. He became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 2001, and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2008 as a Group Director in Technology Center 2100, Computer Architecture and Software.
Hirshfeld received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. Hirshfeld served on the 2018 NAI Fellows Selection Committee.