Posts Tagged: Obama


Kappos Senate Hearing Scheduled for July 29, 2009

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that the confirmation hearing for David Kappos, who is President Barack Obama’s nominee to be Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 2

Will USPTO Money Run Out Before FY 09 Ends?

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 6:59pm Pacific Time The last presentation at the NAPP Annual Conference is presently ongoing, with William Smith of Woodcock Washburn giving a presentation …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 60

Howard Dean Supports Strong Protection for Biologics

Last week, on July 8, 2009, former Presidential Candidate, former Vermont Governor and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean stepped into the health reform debate, discussing …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 5

Help Arrives! Nick Godici Returns to Patent Office

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke yesterday announced the appointment of former USPTO official and long-time patent professional Nicholas P. Godici as a special advisor to the …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 2

Obama Administration Wants Short Biologic Exclusivity

Until recently the Obama Administration had not taken any particularly strong or controversial stances with respect to intellectual property protection.  Sure, President Obama appointed a former RIAA …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 7

Senate Acts to Prevent USPTO Furlough or RIF

Last night the United States Senate passed a bill that authorizes the United States Patent and Trademark Office to shift funds between different USPTO accounts in order …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 24

President Obama Intends to Appoint Kappos as PTO Head

UPDATED: 8:42pm ET At some point in time today, presumably after I nominated Alfred E. Neuman for PTO Director, President Obama announced that he intends to appoint …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 27

Supreme Court Ignores US Constitution

By now you have probably heard that the United States Supreme Court lifted the stay Ordered by Justice Ginsberg late on Monday and the bankruptcy deal that …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 11

Will Obama Ever Select a PTO Director?

Admittedly, the selection of an Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, a post that also carries the title of Director of the United States Patent and Trademark …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 5

Obama Administration Tackling Patent Backlog

Even before President Obama announces his selection for Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, a post known by those in the industry as the Director of the …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 3

More Funding Needed for Patent Granting Authority

I am writing from New York City today.  I am here for the PLI Patent Bar Review Course, which kicks off our summer run of courses.  Over …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0

Pooley Nominated as Deputy Director General for Patents

Some reports had suggested that James Pooley of Morrison Foerster was on a short list to be named the next Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (a.…
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0

Obama Pledges 3% of GDP to Science Research

Just about 10 days ago, on April 27, 2009, President Barack Obama gave a speech at the National Academy of Sciences.  In this speech the President pledged “3 percent of our …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 4

Nominating Randall Rader for PTO Director

As we continue to wait for President Barack Obama to select the next Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property (a.k.a. the Director of the USPTO), …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 4

Uncertain Future for Patent Reform Legislation

As of today, legislative patent reform efforts are working their way through Congress. We are further along the road to legislative reform than at any point in …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0