USPTO Patents Chief To Retire After 3 Decades

Law360, New York (November 3, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT) -- Robert L. Stoll, the commissioner for patents at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will step down at the end of the year after a 29-year career at the agency, it announced Wednesday.

David Kappos, undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO, said in a statement that he intended to nominate Margaret “Peggy” Focarino, current deputy commissioner for patents, as commissioner after Stoll's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.

Stoll has served as commissioner for patents since October 2009, according to the agency....
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