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Gov. Gary Locke Esq.

Self Description

July 2009: "Gary Locke was appointed by President Obama as the 36th Secretary of Commerce and sworn into office on March 26, 2009.

At the Department of Commerce, Locke is charged with helping implement President Obama’s ambitious agenda to turn around the economy and put people back to work.

As the first Chinese-American to hold this post in a president’s cabinet, Locke has a distinctly American story. His grandfather emigrated to Washington State from China, initially finding employment as a servant, working in exchange for English lessons. Locke’s father, meanwhile, was a small business owner, operating a grocery store where Locke worked while receiving his education from Seattle’s public school system. His strong work ethic and determination eventually took him to the highest office in the state of Washington.

Prior to his appointment, Locke helped U.S. companies break into international markets as a partner in the Seattle office of international law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. There, he co-chaired the firm’s China practice and was active in its governmental relations practice.

As the popular two-term governor of Washington, the nation’s most trade-dependent state, Locke broke down trade barriers around the world to advance American products. He helped open doors for Washington State businesses by leading 10 productive trade missions to Asia, Mexico and Europe, significantly expanding the sale of Washington products and services. He also successfully strengthened economic ties between China and Washington State. His visits are credited with introducing Washington companies to China and helping more than double the state’s exports to China to over $5 billion per year.

As part of his considerable trade and economic development efforts, Locke launched Washington’s Competitiveness Council with business and labor leaders working together to effectively position Washington State for success at home and around the world. During the eight years of the Locke Administration, the state gained 280,000 jobs.

Locke earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Boston University..."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2011: "The Internet age has created a surge in applications: in 1997, 2.25 patents were pending for every one issued, but by 2008 the rate had nearly tripled, to 6.6 patents pending for every one issued, according to patent office statistics. A backlog of about 700,000 applications is made worse by computer systems that are out of date, Gary F. Locke, the secretary of commerce, has said."

July 2009: 'As Gary Locke, the commerce secretary, told a group of Indian executives visiting Washington this month, “U.S. businesses need assurances that when they come to India, they’ll be operating in a secure and reliable environment for intellectual property.”'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Boston University Organization Jul 16, 2009
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Commerce Department/Department of Commerce (DOC) Organization Jul 16, 2009
Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jul 16, 2009
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Washington (State Government) Organization Jul 16, 2009
Student/Trainee (past or present) Yale University Organization Jul 16, 2009
Successor to Carlos M. Gutierrez Person Jul 16, 2009
Subordinate of (past or present) Appointed/Selected by Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Jul 16, 2009

Articles and Resources

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Sep 08, 2011 Fighting Backlog in Patents, Senate Approves Overhaul

QUOTE: The Senate approved a sweeping reform of the nation’s patent laws on Thursday, sending to President Obama a bill that changes the system for determining priority for inventions at the patent office and provides more financing for an agency beset by application backlogs and outdated computer systems. After rejecting proposed amendments to a bill approved by the House last June, the Senate voted 89 to 9 to pass the bill, completing an effort of at least six years to overhaul the patent office’s operations and the procedures by which patents can be challenged.

New York Times
Nov 16, 2009 Inventing a Better Patent System

QUOTE: The quality of American patents has been deteriorating for years; they are increasingly issued for products and processes that are not truly innovative...

New York Times
Jul 15, 2009 Retailer Knockoffs Abound in India

QUOTE: as brands look to India as one of the few opportunities for growth in an anemic global market, foreign companies and governments alike are protesting the country’s lack of intellectual property protections...

New York Times