Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 5, March 16, 2012
   
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David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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Save the Date: Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office To Speak April 12

The Rensselaer community is invited to a special event April 12 where they will have an opportunity to hear from David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos, who also serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (IP), will discuss the impact of the America Invents Act on innovation and the transfer of technologies from university labs to the marketplace.

The new act, signed into law last September, represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in more than a half century—and Under Secretary Kappos will detail how re-engineering the IP system is spurring small business growth for the nation's innovation economy in the 21st century. Kappos also will speak about potential careers at the Patent and Trademark Office.

The talk will take place Thursday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. All students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Kappos was appointed to his current position in 2009. In this role, he advises President Obama, the Secretary of Commerce, and the overall administration on intellectual property matters.

His office helps provide incentives to encourage technological advancement and helps businesses protect their investments, promote their goods and services, and safeguard against deception in the marketplace. His office is also working with a large patent application backlog, long waiting periods for patent review, and information technology systems regarded as outdated.

Prior to his current assignment, Kappos served as a vice president and assistant general counsel for IBM, focusing on intellectual property. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Davis, and a law degree from University of California-Berkeley.

To register for the event, go to www.rpi.edu/news/events/kappos/.

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, Number 5, March 16, 2012
©2012 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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