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June 21, 2009


The fix is in. Movers and shakers in the patent community are falling down squirting over Dave Kappos as USPTO honcho. CongressDaily reports praise from Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (as if a cabinet member is going to toot another horn on his President's pick). The man tried-and-tested at running the PTO into the ground, the irrepressible "Foley & Lardner attorney Jon Dudas, who served as PTO director in the Bush administration, said Kappos is an excellent choice." "The Coalition for Patent Fairness and Innovation Alliance, which have been at odds over pending legislation, both backed Kappos."

Posted by Patent Hawk at June 21, 2009 11:30 PM | The Patent Office


How are the other sectors of the patent universe (other than big IT) treating this news?

Posted by: breadcrumbs at June 22, 2009 3:54 AM

I will believe that Kappos is a good choice when I see PTO under his leadership rejecting about 90% of IBM's "inventions"

Guy talks a lot about low quality patents yet he was largely responsible for flooding USPTO with IBM-generated patent junk in recent years

What makes you think he can change overnight ?

Posted by: angry dude at June 22, 2009 5:55 AM

I understand the concern over Kappos coming from IBM and the computer software/hardware cabal. But the fact that he is a patent attorney of at least 18 years is a real plus in my book, and may also lend some credibility to the PTO which is sorely lacking now with the patent bar. Like I know you are, I’m weary of neophyte political patronage dumpees like Lehman, Rogan and especially Dudas who have no real patent experience and who have run the PTO almost into the ground.

Posted by: EG at June 22, 2009 7:22 AM