• Newly Appointed USPTO Director Wastes No Time Making His Mark
  • October 23, 2009
  • Law Firm: Alston & Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On August 7, 2009, the Senate confirmed David Kappos as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or the "Office"). In just over two months since his confirmation, Kappos has wasted no time making his mark on the Office in ways generally applauded by the patent community. Kappos not only killed the Office's highly controversial proposed claims and continuation rules, but also led efforts to revamp the examiner's quota or "count system" to discourage protracted examination of patent applications in an effort to address patent quality and the growing pendency of patent applications, as well as examiner morale and attrition.