Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, to Speak at New York Law School on the Future of the Patent Office

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David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will give a talk titled, "Vision for the USPTO in the 21 Century: Ensuring America's Innovation Future," on Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway.

David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will give a talk titled “Vision for the USPTO in the 21st Century: Ensuring America’s Innovation Future,” on Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m. at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway. The event is presented by the Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations (CPI) and the Institute for Information Law & Policy.

“Anyone who knows Dave Kappos well knows that the USPTO is in great hands as the organization rises to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Mark Webbink, Executive Director of CPI, said. “We are pleased to welcome the New York legal community and, especially, the New York patent bar to New York Law School to hear from one of the most dynamic leaders to ever head the USPTO.”

Kappos was appointed Director of the USPTO during the summer of 2009. In this position, he serves as main advisor to President Obama, secretary of commerce, and the entire administration on all issues pertaining to intellectual property and manages the office, responsible for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. He brings to the office more than 20 years of experience as a patent professional, formerly serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property at IBM. Kappos has also served on the board of directors for various intellectual property law associations in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. and has lectured extensively on intellectual property.

In his talk at the Law School, he will discuss the future of the patent office, as well as the issues it currently faces, including patent quality, long waiting times for patent examination, and a 770,000 patent application backlog.

“In order to assist the businesses, innovators, and inventors that create American jobs, the USPTO must be a model in the world for IP administration and protection,” Kappos said. “We must lead in application pendency, examination quality, as well as protection of IP rights globally. To cut long wait times, and reduce the backlog, the USPTO is working diligently to increase examination capacity and gain process efficiencies. To ensure the highest quality patents the USPTO is reengineering its quality management program from top to bottom.”

This event is free and open to the public. Please register with Naomi Allen at or 212.431.2368.

About the Center for Patent Innovations
New York Law School formed the Center for Patent Innovations in June 2008 as a part of the Institute for Information Law & Policy. The Center is focused on bringing real-world technology solutions to improve government operations, particularly in the area of patent law. The Center for Patent Innovations will continue to pursue innovations in patent law and has launched a number of projects related to Peer to Patent, such as the Post-Issue Peer to Patent, which extends the community-based approach of finding prior art relevant to re-examination of patents that have already been granted.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies.

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