Hal Wegner is reporting that Commissioner for Patents, Robert L. Stoll, will retire from the PTO at the end of the year.
Stoll had replaced Jon Doll as Commissioner for Patents in October 2009. He joined the PTO as a patent examiner in 1982 before moving to the aministrative side of the PTO in 1994 as Executive Assistant to the PTO Director. In 1995, he became Administrator of the Office of Legislative and International Affairs. In 2002, he became director of the Office of Enforcement, and in 2007 the Dean of Training and Education.
Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret (Peggy) Focarino will likely be tapped to replace Commissioner Stoll. Focarino joined the PTO as a patent examiner in 1977 before moving to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. In January 2005, Focarino became Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations before being promoted to her current position in 2009.