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June 18, 2009

Waste Not...

President Obama announced today nominees for two related governmental posts: Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, Department of Energy; and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Warren F. "Pete" Miller, Jr., a part-time Professor at Texas A&M University, got the easier job. Managing the real radioactive waste went to David J. Kappos, who, as long-time corporate mook, has shaped IBM patent policy, publicly spouting horse hockey in the process. People have been known to rise to a position, garnering dignity. Let's hope these boys are up to the job of containing the waste.

Posted by Patent Hawk at June 18, 2009 4:09 PM | The Patent Office


Now perhaps we (as a nation) can get back to the business of promoting the progress of science and the useful arts.... Yes, let's hope.

Posted by: niRPa at June 18, 2009 6:55 PM

So it looks like Obama is returning the favor to all of the IBMs, Intels, Googles and Mshits of the world by nominating their stooge to be a PTO director...
He clearly owes them - they contributed significantly to his election campaign

"A friend in need is a friend indeed"

Sad day for all garage inventors of America
because Kappos is clearly not our friend

Why stop at this ?

I nominate Bernie Madoff as a head of SEC

Posted by: angry dude at June 19, 2009 4:32 AM

Kappos is as corporate and out-of-touch with independent inventor's reality as you can possibly get...

I am fed up

I am calling both of my senators to oppose Kappos nomination

The guy is a stooge for large multinational tech corporations

Posted by: angry dude at June 19, 2009 5:51 AM

Why so angry, dude? Kappos obviously argued for anything which would advance IBM's interests when he worked for them. Why do you assume he will be a "stooge" when he starts working for the government?

Posted by: Cant we just all get along? at June 19, 2009 11:21 AM

angry dude is on the mark, having read the entry, and connected the dots.

I wrote, with good reasoning: "Kappos, who, as long-time corporate mook..."

Kappos has been rabid to the point of duplicity in the interests of computer tech corporations. What other perspective does he have? None other, by any appearance.

Think ahead.

What is Kappos going to do after his little soiree at the PTO? Become a corporate lobbyist? Join an establishmentarian law firm like Dudas did (Foley & Lardner)? If he does anything but retire, what he will do will be in the interests of corporations, which is all he knows.

So what are the odds that Kappos will be remembered as Mr. Fair & Balanced to inventors as USPTO honcho? Double down on business as usual: Kappos = Dudas v2.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at June 19, 2009 12:07 PM

"Why so angry, dude?"

I read his Congressional testimony:

Either he tries to play us for fools or he is clueless about invention business, most probably both...

He talks about "innovation" and "products consumers demand", just like Mike Masnick of techdirt

"inventions made possible through "colloborative innovation" ???

WTF is this ???

Posted by: angry dude at June 19, 2009 12:34 PM


Posted by: 6000 at June 19, 2009 1:16 PM


Stay off drugs and away from your comp, kid

Gosh, this country is really in trouble

Whatever they do the result is always the same:


Posted by: angry dude at June 19, 2009 6:29 PM