Teresa Stanek Rea
Professorial Lecturer in Law
Teresa “Terry” Rea joined Crowell & Moring LLP, in their Washington, DC, office in November 2013 as a partner in the Intellectual Property Group, and as a director with C&M International, Ltd., the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell. Prior to joining Crowell, she served as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Acting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms. Rea focuses on intellectual property and dispute resolution related to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life science issues. She worked for Ethyl Corporation from 1980 through 1984. Ms. Rea is the former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a past president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She is a licensed pharmacist. Ms. Rea obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She is a member of The Sedona Conference. Managing IP identified her as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property (2013). Ms. Rea has been named among the National Law Journal's 2014 “Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers,” Law360's “2014 Most Influential Women in IP,” the Washington Business Journal's “Legal Champions,” IAM Strategy 300 selected her as one of The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2015) and Intellectual Asset Management’s “World’s Leading IP Strategists 2016.” She was also named one of Law360’s Top 25 Icons of IP (2016). She received the Patent and Trademark Office Society’s 2017 Pasquale J. Federico Memorial Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the patent and trademark systems of the United States. In May 2020, she was selected to be inducted into the IP Hall of Fame. She has also been recognized in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice.