USPTO Nominee Kappos Appears To Clear First Senate Hurdle; Esper Testifies

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday appeared to look favorably upon David Kappos, the Obama administration nominee for undersecretary of Commerce and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office. But in the process, Kappos showed possible weaknesses in separating himself from his job at IBM and the need for international diplomacy on IP enforcement.

In a separate congressional event Wednesday, Mark Esper, executive vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, testified before Congress about the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and highlighted the role IP will play in solving global climate change challenges.

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