Year Inducted / Awarded: 2019
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
The Hon. Jean R. Homere, originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is Administrative Patent Judge for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UConn in 1993, Judge Homere began working at the USPTO as a Patent Examiner, reviewing applications for patents in the field of database and file management systems. While employed at the USPTO, Judge Homere earned an M.S. in Information Systems from George Washington University, an M.A. in Legal Administration from Marymount University, and a J.D. from George Mason University. He later acquired a master’s level rating in the computer technological art. Judge Homere then served as a Supervisory Patent Examiner managing 20 to 30 Patent Examiners in the fields of computer modeling and simulation. During his tenure at the USPTO, Judge Homere received various awards, including a Bronze Medal from the US Department of Commerce for exceptional performance.
In 2006, Judge Homere served briefly as a legal advisor and was then appointed to the Board of Patent Appeal and Interferences (now Patent Trial and Appeal Board) as an Administrative Patent Judge to hear and adjudicate appeals from adverse decisions as to patentability in patent applications, reissue, and re-examination of patents in all areas of electrical engineering, computer science/engineering, and business methods. Judge Homere also conducts various post-grant review proceedings and communicates final decisions regarding patentability to various stakeholders. Judge Homere is a member of the Washington, D.C. bar and is featured in various scholarly publications and conferences.