Intellectual Property Law

USPTO Chief David Kappos to Step Down in January

David Kappos plans to step down in January as director of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. His future plans aren’t clear, and no successor has been named, the Blog of Legal Times reports.

However, his departure would leave deputy director Teresa Rea in charge until a new chief is appointed.

Among other accomplishments, Kappos is credited with reducing a backlog of patent applications at the federal agency even as the overall number of patent applications increased, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog noted.

Posts at IPWatchdog and Patently-O provide further details.

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