Kappos Vows To Reform Patent Processes

Law360, New York (July 30, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration's nominee to head up the embattled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has assured lawmakers that he will work to “refashion” the patent examination process to meet the considerable challenges now facing the agency.

David J. Kappos, who oversees the management of the intellectual property assets at IBM Corp., told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the USPTO faces immediate and pressing concerns resulting from the current economic downturn, the growing need for a stable funding model, and the challenge of...
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