An Interview with PTO Director David Kappos

Joff Wild of IAM Magazine has posted a 40-minute video of a recent interview with USPTO Director David Kappos.

Some interesting points:

  • Allowance rate is up about 3% over last year. At the same time, the USPTO is making more rejections than ever.
  • USPTO Interview Rate is up 60% over last year. Director Kappos believes that interviews have been very important for the process of negotiating a set of final claims that are allowable.
  • The USPTO is considering potential tools that can help applicants file better patent applications. These include best practices guidelines and potential automated tools that highlight possible problems in applications.
  • Hope for the three-track examination system is implementation in under two-years from now.
  • Dramatically improve handing of the PCT. And, at the same time champion PPH.
  • [Joff's Comments]

14 thoughts on “An Interview with PTO Director David Kappos

  1. If you lose you way, Your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend holds your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay.

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  2. when you’re down, and the world seems dark and empty, Your forever friend lifts you up in spirits and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full.

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  3. It looks like the USPTO under Kappos is heeding both quality and quantity of issued patents. Good news. It’s also great to see that the office is implementing measures that are likely to increase flexibility in patent law. Multi-tiered examination schemes and international worksharing are progressive and promising measures. I look forward to seeing their results, and to finding out what else Kappos has in the works.

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  4. What a bunch of softball questions. Where are all the hard biting journalists?

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  5. David Kappos, played by Bruno Kirby, aka Lt. Steven Hauk of “Good Morning Vietnam”

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  6. is it just my ears or does he sound exactly like carl sagan!?

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  7. Mr. Kappos:

    Are you hiring and retaining more examiners?

    Is the backlog at the Board getting shorter?

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  8. Whatever happened to making access to Public PAIR easier again? I thought that was supposed to happen. Also, it would be really great if the PTO officially stated that citation of related cases on an IDS would satisfy the disclosure requirement rather than people having to send in all the related Office Actions in IDSs–not only is it a pain in the neck, but it’s a lot of extra work that really isn’t necessary. I thought this was supposed to happen, too, and these both seem like things that could easily be fixed and be significant improvements on daily dealings with the Office.

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  9. “Thank you, jes us it’s about time.”

    Sorry , these guidelines aren’t going to say “have only one embodiment, file one claim only, no dependents, that is a picture claim of the one embodiment.” ;)

    “I wouldn’t have expected that to be so low… I guess it’s just me allowing more.”

    That number surprises me too. I’d have expected it to be up some 10%-15%, based upon my own observations. I’ve had many good experiences lately that just never happened under the Dudas regime.

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  10. “The USPTO is considering potential tools that can help applicants file better patent applications. These include best practices guidelines and potential automated tools that highlight possible problems in applications.”

    Thank you, jes us it’s about time.

    “Allowance rate is up about 3% over last year.”

    I wouldn’t have expected that to be so low… I guess it’s just me allowing more.

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