IP ALERT: White House Picks New Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

    19 June 2009

    On June 18, President Obama announced his intention to nominate David J. Kappos, currently the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, for IBM Corporation, as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the Patent and Trademark Office.

    At IBM, Mr. Kappos is responsible for the management of IBM’s patent and trademark portfolios; protecting and licensing intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, knowhow and technology) worldwide; directing intellectual property law operations relating to the research, services, consulting, computer systems, storage products, semiconductor and technology development, software, marketing and other groups, divisions, and entities within IBM. In addition, Mr. Kappos has responsibility for IP policy and coordination with IBM’s litigation and corporate development groups in matters relating to intellectual property. Mr. Kappos serves on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the International Intellectual Property Society. He is also the Vice President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  Mr. Kappos received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California Davis in 1983, and his law degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1990.