USPTO Director Kappos To Step Down

November 26, 2012

​Stuart Meyer, a partner in Fenwick’s Intellectual Property Group, was quoted in a Law360 article titled “USPTO Director Kappos to Step Down,” as well as a Daily Journal article titled “Patent Office Director’s Upcoming Departure Will Leave a Major Void, Lawyers Say.”

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos announced that he will leave the USPTO in January, marking the end of his administration.

Meyer said that Kappos' tenure has been associated with exceptional transparency and accessibility. He noted that Kappos repeatedly encouraged members of the patent bar to email him with concerns and wasn't afraid to explain the challenges facing the office and the reasoning behind policy decisions.

“Not everybody is comfortable approaching things the way he did,” Meyer said. “You have to do it with some self effacement. You have to do it with some humility. You can't point the fingers at patent lawyers.”

Meyer said that Kappos' background as vice president and general counsel for IBM Corp. helped him understand issues "from the customer's side."

"I've caught myself a number of times during his tenure saying, 'What a breath of fresh air.’”