April 18, 2008
Abandoning His Post
John Whealan, former solicitor of the USPTO, has been soliciting PTO-favorable legislation for the past year, "assisting" Sen. Leahy in bungling patent reform. In a signal of defeat for the bill, S. 1145, Whealan, who has been on leave from the PTO, is abandoning his temporary post with the Senate May 1. Self-absorbed, Leahy has called his efforts a waste of "thousands of hours."
Hal Wegner: "The fact that Whealan is leaving his Senate position, now, is a strong indicator that the legislation may be considered dead by its principal advocate: Otherwise, it is inconceivable that someone in such a sensitive and important position would leave with the task incomplete."
Posted by Patent Hawk at April 18, 2008 11:01 AM | The Patent System
I'm sure there's a job at PubPat, or EFF, or CPF, or whereever, waiting for Mr. Whelan if he wants it. But he'll probably stay in gubment.
Posted by: JD at April 18, 2008 1:45 PM
Unfortunately he is going to teach patent law to law students at GW who will learn the hard way when they arrive in real life at a job that Prof. Whealen is clueless about patent law. Since filing Continuations is immoral according to him, I would love to hear what other delusional concepts he will arrogantly deign to spew to his hapless students..
Posted by: anon at May 13, 2008 6:48 PM