David Kappos Nominated as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

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The Obama Administration’s nominee to head the patent office, David J. Kappos, will face an array of challenges if confirmed by the Senate. As PTO Director, Kappos will have a significant role in a variety of critical patent issues, including the PTO’s substantive rulemaking authority, patent reform legislation, and management of internal operations. As he heads into Senate confirmation, his statements made on behalf of IBM, and as a leader of a number of professional intellectual property organizations, will be scrutinized by the patent community. As described below, these statements shed light on how he may deal with important issues as PTO Director.

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