Bridget Petruczok has over a decade of experience at the highest levels of government and politics working to advance policies and priorities that help spur economic growth and encourage innovation. Bridget currently works at Ericsson on intellectual property (IP) policy, advocacy, licensing, and standards. She focuses on IP policy, outreach, and education to various stakeholders and trade associations on 5G, AI, and IoT.
As a former Deputy Chief of Staff at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the Department of Commerce (DOC), Bridget helped lead an agency of 13,000 with a budget of $3.2 billion. During that time, she worked with the USPTO and DOC leadership on domestic and international policy, regulatory issues, and managing internal and external communications instrumental to agency operations. She was a part of the DOC team that worked on the G-20 internet and IP discussions, advised on issues related to the America Invents Act and trade secret legislation and helped manage the USPTO’s regional offices.
Prior to that, she advised a leading Washington think tank on public policy issues, government relations, and outreach working with stakeholders, businesses, and elected officials to create, advance, and educate on the next generation of public policy priorities.
Bridget spent several years on Capitol Hill in senior-level positions in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. Bridget served as a Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Kathy Hochul and as a senior policy advisor to Senator Boxer on the US Senate Commerce Committee, where she focused on issues related to tech, privacy, security, telecom, and standards. Bridget first moved to Washington, DC to work for Senator Charles Schumer, serving first as his executive assistant and later as a senior policy advisor handling appropriations, budget, and homeland security issues for his office.
Bridget started her career on the campaign trail, working in several states across the country. A Buffalo, NY native, she has a JD from George Washington University Law and a BA in political science from the University at Buffalo. Bridget lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, daughter, and dog, Daisy.