Steve Kunin from Oblon, Spivak Comments on Nominee for USPTO Head

June 22, 2009 – Firm News

Steve Kunin from Oblon, Spivak Comments on Nominee for USPTO Head

"Dave Kappos is an excellent pick for the new Director. He meets all the criteria proffered to the Obama administration by IPO, ABA and AIPLA. His agenda will be to improve patent quality, reduce patent pendency, continue efforts to achieve patent reform, substantive patent law harmonization, PCT reform, IP5 foundation project completion, improve PTO IT systems, revise the examiners' goals system, advance open government initiatives including expansion of the peer to patent program and strengthen IP enforcement. His experience at IBM, IPO and AIPLA will help him enormously with management, budget, IT and policy issues. The top 3 issues the PTO needs to address are funding, quality and pendency." Kunin, a partner at Oblon, Spivak, is the former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.