New USPTO Director Wastes No Time Making Mark

Law360, New York (November 13, 2009, 3:09 PM EST) -- On Aug. 7, 2009, the Senate confirmed David Kappos as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or the “Office”).

In just over two months since his confirmation, Kappos has wasted no time making his mark on the Office in ways generally applauded by the patent community.

Kappos not only killed the Office’s highly-controversial proposed claims and continuation rules, but also led efforts to revamp the examiner’s quota or “count system” to discourage protracted...
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