Top Ten Patent Issues for the New Director of the Patent and Trademark Office

Imminently, the Obama Administration will be naming a new Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"). The PTO, which used to be a quiet backwater of a niche area of law, has recently found itself front and center in some high profile debates. From congressional efforts aimed at fixing a "broken" patent system to Supreme Court cases considering whether Internet Age innovations deserve the same patent protection as Industrial Age innovations, the work of the PTO is increasingly important to our society.....