Patent Policy Under David Kappos

Sister blog ChipLawBlog reports that IBM's David Kappos has been nominated to be the new Commissioner of the Patent and Trademark Office.  Several commentators reported about a month ago that he was being considered, including IPWatchdogDennis Crouch, and others. 

ChipLawBlog summarized some points Mr. Kappos made during his testimony on patent reform.  As he awaits Senate confirmation, it may be interesting to consider these additional points he made when he summarized IBM's patent strategy in an IPReview article published in February, 2007:

  • Patent applicants are responsible for the quality and clarity of their patent applications.
  • Patent applications should be available for public examination.
  • Patent ownership should be transparent and easily discernable.
  • Pure business methods without technical merit should not be patentable.

If Mr. Kappos helped to craft this strategy for IBM, it may be an indication of the patent policy he could strive to implement.

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