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Terry Rea

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1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Named as an "Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer" by National Law Journal

Teresa "Terry" Stanek Rea is a partner and vice-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group and a director with C&M International (CMI), the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring. Terry is the former acting and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as acting and deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property. She brings a wealth of domestic and international experience and skills to her practice, both legal and political. Her practice concentrates on working with clients in several key areas, including IP policies and strategies, patent enforcement and post-grant administrative proceedings, trade secrets policy and enforcement, and digital/Internet related copyright issues. Managing Intellectual Property recognized Terry as one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property. Additionally, Terry 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," and Intellectual Asset Management’s “World’s Leading IP Strategists 2016.” She was also named one of the Top 25 Icons of IP by Law360 in 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 2020, IAM Media named Terry to its prestigious IP Hall Of Fame.

While at the USPTO, Terry led the agency through the implementation of the America Invents Act (AIA). She was actively involved in writing the regulations implementing the new inter partes review, covered business method review, and post-grant review proceedings created by the AIA, and she negotiated numerous IP issues with foreign officials. Terry was the senior official responsible for the administration's formulation and implementation of U.S. intellectual property policies, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues.

Terry focuses her practice on U.S. and international IP policy issues and disputes, complex patent litigation and inter partes administrative proceedings, trade secrets protection and enforcement, IP infringement and validity opinions, IP licensing, counseling, and patent portfolio development, management, and monetization. She works with clients in many industries including life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, publishing, and healthcare. She also did work for a number of plant biotechnology companies. Terry advises clients on privacy, piracy, trademarks, issues related to generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and trade secrets matters.  

In her role with CMI, Terry advises clients on copyright reform, trade secrets rulemaking, and on the important IP and dispute resolution chapters of trade agreements.

Terry is the former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Prior to establishing her private legal practice, Terry was a patent attorney for a multinational chemical company. She is also a licensed pharmacist. She obtained her J.D. from Wayne State University, and her B.S. from the University of Michigan.


  • University of Michigan, B.S. (1976)
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. (1980)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia (practice limited to patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition causes), Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Other Affiliations

  • President, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2008-2009)
  • President, National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. (2006-2007)
  • President, Pauline Newman Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (2014-2015)
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association, Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Council (2002-2006)
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Chair, PTC Law Section (1994-1995)
  • Biotechnology Section Chair/Executive Council, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (1995-1996)
  • Treasurer, National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations (1999-2001)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • D.C. Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section

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"Immunity Protections for Product Manufacturers and Distributors Under the PREP Act," Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Alert (March 23, 2020). Contacts: Cheryl A. Falvey, Clifford J. Zatz, James G. Flood, Terry Rea, John Fuson, Mariam Sarwar
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Skilled In The Art: IP Community Braces For Social Distancing + More On The COVID-19 'Patent Troll' (March 17, 2020)
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"The Patent Prosecution Lifecycle," Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Doylestown, PA (February 26, 2020). Speakers: Terry Rea and Mena Gaballah, PharmD.
"Federal Circuit Adds New Guidelines to its Oral Argument Guide," (February 3, 2020). Contacts: Ali Tehrani, Terry Rea
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Fed. Circ. Casts Doubt On Novartis MS Drug PTAB Win Law360 (January 9, 2020)
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