11.26.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Departure Of USPTO Director David Kappos

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday on the departure of David Kappos, who has served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office since August 2009. Chairman Leahy worked closely with Director Kappos on the bipartisan Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was signed in to law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.]

"I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dave Kappos over the last three years in his capacity as Director of the Patent and Trademark Office, and for many years before that in Mr. Kappos's role in the private sector.  Director Kappos was instrumental in the development and enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.  He and his team have set the PTO on course to implement the key provisions of the Act, which will improve the patent system for decades to come.  Director Kappos's leadership of the PTO has been applauded by Democrats and Republicans, and by all sectors of the business community.  I was sad to hear of his decision to step down; the President and the Commerce Department have lost a valuable member of their economic team.  I wish Dave all the best."

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