Former USPTO CIO Owens lands at CGI

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John Owens, who recently retired from federal service as the CIO of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has joined CGI.

Owens will take over as vice president of the solutions development group within CGI Federal’s emerging technology practice. The group is responsible for the contractor’s intellectual property business.

“I am excited to join such a well-regarded, high-end IT services and solutions provider and looking forward to leveraging my USTPO experience to develop cutting-edge solutions for CGI’s federal client base,” Owens said in a statement.

Prior to leaving USPTO, he spoke with FedScoop about his work modernizing the office’s legacy systems, sharing the lessons he learned over his nearly decade-long tenure as CIO.

“We do [have failures],” Owens said. “But we learn from them.”

“Any CIO who tells you that they don’t have a failed project is probably not challenging themselves,” he said.

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