By Ryan Davis (November 27, 2012, 9:18 PM EST) -- As David Kappos steps down as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, his tenure has drawn wide acclaim from attorneys, who said it may be difficult to find a successor who can match his commitment to improving patent quality and open communication with the patent community.
After nearly four years at the helm, Kappos announced Monday that he would leave the USPTO in January. Attorneys said his tenure was marked by significant improvements at the patent office, from reducing the backlog of pending applications to establishing new satellite offices, and that the next director would do well to emulate...
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