Patent Office Welcomes New Leadership

June 6, 2022

By Yuri Bult-Ito


David Park
David Park poses in front of the Patent and Trademark Resource Center poster just outside of the Keith B. Mather Library on the UAF campus. Photo by Peter Park.

Alaska's only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), housed in the Keith B. Mather Library on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, will see new leadership come July 1.

David Park, project manager of UAF’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC), will serve as the new PTRC representative.

PTRC is recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) — the federal patent office — to receive and house copies of U.S. patent and trademark materials. Although the PTRC does not provide legal advice, it can help the public search for existing patents or trademarks and can also provide resources to help register new trademarks or to file patent applications with USTPO.

Park will succeed Judie Triplehorn, associate professor emerita, who is retiring as the PTRC representative after 12 years of service. Prior to his current work at OIPC, Park worked as an intellectual property attorney for more than 15 years, with a special focus on patent procurement and management.

Speaking on his upcoming position, Park said, “I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the general public in the area of intellectual property, innovation and entrepreneurship.”

VISIT: (Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Alaska Patent and Trademark Resource.”)

CONTACTS: David Park, Patent and Trademark Resource Center, 907-474-7177,