USPTO Pick Touted By Attys, But May Face Senate Fight

By Ryan Davis (October 26, 2021, 10:20 PM EDT) -- The nomination of Winston & Strawn LLP partner Kathi Vidal to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was welcomed by observers who said her patent experience should give her insight into how to improve the office, though two key senators appear divided on the pick.

In President Joe Biden's announcement of Vidal's nomination on Tuesday, he pointed to her two decades as a patent litigator, background as an engineer at Lockheed Martin and General Electric, and her work with organizations aimed at advancing women in IP and providing opportunities for junior attorneys.

Sarah Guske of Baker Botts LLP, who briefly...

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