According to reports, David J. Kappos has now been confirmed by the US Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Director Kappos was nominated in June and has received praise from many quarters because of his career-long experience in working with patents. Congratulations, now get to work!
It is likely in the first few weeks, DIrector Kappos will review the proposed rules being challenged in Tafas v. Dudas and somewhat alter the PTO’s course.
John Doll (Acting Director) and Peggy Focarino (Acting Commissioner of Patents) should both be commended for their proactive leadership over the past eight months during a difficult financial situation.