Vacant USPTO Director Slot Weakens Agency's Clout

Law360, New York (November 25, 2013, 8:00 PM EST) -- With the departure of acting director Teresa Stanek Rea, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has now been without a permanent director for nearly 10 months, which has hurt the agency's ability to influence policy and make long-term plans, experts say.

Rea, who led the USPTO since former director David Kappos left in February, announced her planned departure in September. The USPTO said in a brief statement that she had left the post Thursday and been replaced as acting director by Margaret Focarino, the commissioner for patents....
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