DAVID L. LADD 1961-1963

David L. Ladd was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on September 18, 1926. He attended Kenyon College for a year before serving in the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, attended Illinois Institute of Technology, and returned to the University of Chicago to earn his law degree. After graduation he practiced patent, trademark, and copyright law in Chicago for about eight years.

President John Kennedy appointed Ladd commissioner of patents, and he took office on April 17, 1961. At 34, he was the second youngest person to hold the position. The youngest was William Bishop, who was appointed at age 31 in 1859.

To read more about this USPTO leader, follow the link.

To see additional USPTO leaders, follow the link.

The JPTOS and USPTO have worked together to continue our tradition of providing the biographies of the past USPTO leaders. We would like to thank everyone that was involved.

© 2000-2022, Journal of the Patent & Trademark Office Society
Disclaimer & Privacy Policy