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A Peek Inside the PTO

Kappos Hey IP geeks: Grab a Diet Dr. Pepper and get comfortable. Intellectual Asset Management magazine (available on newsstands all over Alexandria, Va.) has posted a video of an exclusive interview with Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos (pictured, left, looking like a cross between comedic actor Rob Corddry and that character actor who always plays the hapless corporate or governmental lackey, whose name escapes me right now).

It's 40 minutes of nonstop action. By which I mean a British guy asking Kappos open-ended questions about his 10-month tenure as director, and Kappos doing a fair amount of patting himself on the back for making the PTO a super-terrific more efficient patent processing machine.

In fairness, Kappos also discusses some of the work that remains to be done, particularly to address the global perception that the PTO's patents are of "lower quality" than those issued by its European or Japanese counterparts. And Kappos has started a blog, so, hey, he's gotta be a good guy, right?

Dennis Crouch at PatentlyO has pulled out some highlights from the interview, and Joff Wild (the aforementioned British guy) summarized it as well. Enjoy.

Posted by Eric Lipman on June 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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