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IBM Exec Picked To Head Patent Office

Publication Date: 
June 18, 2009
EE Times
Rick Merritt

Professor Mark A. Lemley is quoted in EE Times in an article about President Obama's choice to lead the U.S. patent office:

"The PTO is in crisis, and I think Dave Kappos understands that, and will work creatively to try to find ways out of the crisis," said Mark A. Lemley, a professor at the Stanford Law School whose name was also listed as one the Obama administration may have considered for the job. "I also think he is sensitive to the need for patent reform, which is a good thing," he added.


Observers had discussed Kappos as a potential pick for months. In a poll conducted by the blog Patently-O, Kappos took fourth place with five percent behind Q. Todd Dickinson, the head of the patent office under Bill Clinton (at 36 percent); and Stanford's Lemley and "other" (tied at 8 percent).