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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."

The Wall Street Journal today is rehashing old Patent Prospector news in sketching the demise of S. 1145.

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