An interview with David Kappos, USPTO


WIPR spoke to head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos about his toughest job yet - remoulding the USPTO into an innovation agency.

As the primary stakeholders of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), US politicians and citizens have a lot riding on how it is managed. Job-making innovation is a key objective of the US government, and as the US economy slowly improves, the unemployed section of the US public will soon demand a fresh supply of new jobs.

The onus is on IP practitioners to work with the USPTO as fast and efficiently as possible, and it is the responsibility of David Kappos, as director of the USPTO, to develop the agency into a helper of IP practitioners, rather than a hindrance.

The time has come for the USPTO to improve dramatically its focus on championing the importance of innovation globally and diversity within the agency itself, says Kappos. Innovation must be underlined as critical to the health of nations, yet it cannot survive in the hearts and minds of the global public in its current form.

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