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David Kappos

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David Kappos
United States Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

April 12, 2012

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, 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 reengineering the IP system is spurring small business growth for the nation’s innovation economy in the 21st century. Kappos will also speak about potential careers at the Patent and Trademark Office.

The special event will take place April 12 at 3:30 in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) 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patent application backlog, long waiting periods for patent review, and information technology systems regarded as outdated.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 his bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Davis, and his law degree from University of California-Berkeley.

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