Janet  Gongola

Janet Gongola

Title: Professorial Lecturer in Law

Address: 2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052
Email: jgongola@law.gwu.edu

B.S., Muskingum College; J.D., Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis

Biographical Sketch
Janet Gongola is the Patent Reform Coordinator at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this capacity, she manages all aspects of the agency’s implementation of the America Invents Act. Professor Gongola has been an associate solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor at the USPTO, where she provided legal advice to agency officials and defended decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as district courts across the country.

Before joining the USPTO, Professor Gongola served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Paul R. Michel at the Federal Circuit and for Chief Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Gongola previously worked as a patent attorney, patent agent, and research chemist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Professor Gongola is an officer of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. She also has served as an adjunct professor at the George Mason University School of Law.