Jere W. Sears, 83, who worked for more than 30 years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before retiring as deputy solicitor, died Nov. 22 at his home in Annapolis. He had congestive heart failure, his daughter Catherine Sears said.

Mr. Sears joined the patent office in 1953 as a patent examiner. After graduating from law school at George Washington University in 1957, he joined the Office of the Solicitor, the patent office’s legal team. He retired as deputy solicitor in 1985.

He then worked as a consultant and private patent attorney for about 10 more years.

Jere William Sears was born in Salt Lake City and was a 1950 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied physics. He served in the Army in the 1950s before joining the patent office in Washington.

Mr. Sears also had homes in Blackstone, Va., and West Palm Beach, Fla.

His wife of 51 years, Elise Nordby Sears, died in 2004.

Survivors include six children, Catherine Sears of Portsmouth, Va., Sandra S. Cowling of Narrows, Va., Christopher N. Sears and Jonathan E. Sears, both of Annapolis, Margaret Sears De­Menthon of Clarksville and Patricia E. Sears of Brooklyn; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel