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Kappos: why he’s leaving USPTO, and what’s left to be done

Eileen McDermott, New York

As David Kappos prepares for his final day at the USPTO this Friday, he spoke with Managing IP about his reasons for leaving, what the US government can do better, and why his team is like “a beautiful painting”

David Kappos has a lot to be proud of at the end of his reign at the USPTO. The backlog of pending patent applications was reduced from 700,000 to just above 600,000 during his term. The agency was ranked number five out of 292 federal agency subcomponents in 2012, based on a survey of more than 700,000 civil servants conducted by the Office of Personnel Management. And of course, he helped to get the America Invents Act through Congress, and then successfully implemented 12 separate rules packages with the help of his team. But why did he leave when President Obama would have kept him on another four years? And where is he going?

Kappos isn’t saying anything about the latter yet, but he told Managing IP that he’s not even sure what city he’ll be living in by March this year. As for the former, Kappos...

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