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Divisions over potential Johnson appointment as USPTO director

Michael Loney, New York

Rumours that the Obama Administration is set to name Phil Johnson as director of the USPTO have received praise from patent attorneys but criticism from some associations

Reports this week said Johnson is being lined up to take the position vacated by David Kappos in January 2013. Johnson is senior vice-president for intellectual property and strategy at Johnson & Johnson.

Much of the reports stemmed from Hal Wegner’s...

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