Panelist Profile


Maria Holtmann

USPTO, Director of International Program, Office of International Patent Cooperation (US)


Ms. Holtmann is the Associate Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation and leads many broad based initiatives at the Patent Office.  Her work focuses on patent classification and international work sharing programs and the creation of information technology solutions for international filers and examiners.  The core of her work centers on the development and promotion of programs between the patent offices and international stakeholders that facilitate global innovation. Prior to joining the USPTO in 2008, she led technical projects for the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Ms. Holtmann received a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Cortland.  She began her career at AT&T as a human factors and usability engineer and spent over 10 years in the telecommunications industry focusing on the design of internal business applications and consumer products.  Ms. Holtmann has over 20 years of experience in IT, telecommunications, and management consulting industries leading large-scale projects.  She has held executive leadership positions at Ernst & Young and the American Institutes for Research.  While at Ernst & Young and AT&T, she supported several multi-million dollar international merger and acquisition teams in both senior management and technical roles.