USPTO Director to Step Down, Praises Smartphone Lawsuit War as "Innovation"
November 27, 2012 2:14 PM
comment(s) - last by
According to the former IBM consul, the patent system has never been healthier
increasingly noisy criticism
about questionable patents (see: Apple, Inc. (
patents animating turning pages
criticism from veteran judges
regarded as some of the nation's foremost intellectual property experts, the head of the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
is firing back.
David Kappos, who has served as USPTO Director for the past several years, delivered a pointed speech a week ago entitled "
An Examination of Software Patents
" in which he argues that software patents are perfectly valid and comments, "[Critics should] move beyond the flippant rhetoric and instead engage in substantive discussion."
He said in the speech that rather than proof of a broken system, the deluge of smartphone patent lawsuits is a sign that the smartphone industry is engaging in innovation at a "breakneck pace". Directly addressing those who say the system is broken, he comments rhetorically, "Broken? What?"
But Director Kappos' days of defending the USPTO's current policies are coming to a close, as he
this week that he would be stepping down. The lawyer, who previously served as an attorney for International Business Machines, Inc. (
) did not say what his future plans were. The announcement was considered somewhat unexpected.
USPTO Director David Kappos [Image Source: Center for Am. Progress/Flickr]
Even Director Kappos' critics praise some of his moves, such as his push to appoint more patent examiners, to reduce a backlog of filings, which in turn tend to lead to hasty examinations. During his tenure examiners increased to 8,000, a 30% increase.
He also pushed for cooperation with the engineering community via making information available to Stack Exchange, as a means of expediting the search for prior art.
Other moves were largely outside the Director's control. For example, Congress tasked him with implementing the
America Invents Act of 2011
switches the U.S.
from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system for patents filed after March 2013.
Director Kappos was tasked with executing the change to first-to-file. [Image Source: Unknown]
Yet other moves still were viewed in a mixed light; for example his decision to open patent examination offices in New York City and Silicon Valley drew praise from some, but raised fears from others who feared that it would give software companies a quicker path to inundated the filing channels with "junk" patents.
There has been no announcement yet on who will take over as Director at the USPTO.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
11/27/2012 3:16:36 PM
Your complete failure to grasp the situation is exactly why you're headed out the front door. Don't let it hit you in the ass on the way out.
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
Apple Patents Turning Book Pages (Digitally)
November 19, 2012, 10:59 AM
"Appleflation": Apple's Anti-Android Win Could Limit Consumer Choice
August 27, 2012, 11:30 AM
U.S. Patent System is Broken, Declares Judge in Android v. Apple Cases
July 6, 2012, 1:12 PM
Obama Prepares to Sign Contentious Patent "Reform" Bill
September 12, 2011, 9:52 AM
Microsoft "Hopes" Developers Will Make Xbox One Games Unplayable Offline
May 24, 2013, 12:13 PM
Federal Judge Sides with U.S. DOJ in Apple E-Books Preliminary Hearing
May 24, 2013, 11:46 AM
HTC Considers "Senseless" One Smartphone
May 24, 2013, 8:00 AM
HTC One Hits 5 Million Sales in First Month, Despite Issues
May 23, 2013, 4:04 PM
HTC First's Arrival in UK Canceled, Facebook Assesses "Home" Feedback
May 23, 2013, 3:02 PM
Microsoft Expands Windows Azure in Asia, Mocks iPad in New Commercial
May 23, 2013, 12:06 PM
Most Popular Articles
High School Student Creates Storage Device that Can Charge in 20 Seconds
May 20, 2013, 6:51 AM
Apples Tries to Use Decade-Old Patents to Ban Samsung Galaxy S IV
May 22, 2013, 3:00 PM
NASA Awards $125,000 Grant for 3D Printed Food on Long-Term Space Travels
May 21, 2013, 1:32 PM
Microsoft Announces Voice-Controlled "Xbox One"
May 21, 2013, 12:55 AM
Seawater Cooling Saves Data Center Big Bucks, Energy, Despite Jellyfish Issues
May 17, 2013, 3:23 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Lumosity: Does it Work?
May 22, 2013, 8:20 PM
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information