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A new era for the USPTO

Former IBM VP and assistant general counsel David Kappos was sworn in as the new director of the USPTO on August 7. While he has been embraced by the IP community, he faces a host of challenges, including a major funding crisis sparked by a sharp drop in filings. Eileen McDermott reports

On August 7, David Kappos was confirmed by the full Senate as the new director of the USPTO, putting to rest fears that the post might remain vacant until after Congress' August recess. His appointment came seven months after Bush-appointed...

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