Kappos Tapped For Top Obama IP Post


David Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property law at IBM, is the president's pick for director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The president announced his intention to nominate Kappos to the post, which includes the title of under secretary of commerce for intellectual property.

Public Knowledge, which advocates for fair use rights, was pleased with the news.

"President Obama has made an outstanding appointment in nominating David Kappos to become director of the Patent and Trademark Office," said Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn in a statement.. "Kappos' background with a leading technology company ensures that he is aware of the need for reform of the patent process."