Pooley Nominated as Deputy Director General for Patents

By Gene Quinn
May 7, 2009

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.k.a. Director of the PTO), but I can now confirm that Pooley will not be the next Director of the PTO.  President Obama has nominated Pooley to become the next deputy director general for patents at the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Association.  Pooley becomes the second Morrison Foerster attorney selected by President Obama.  Just several weeks ago Tony West, a San Francisco-based litigator with Morrison Foerster, was confirmed as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Speculation will likely continue to grow with respect to who President Obama will name as the next Director of the PTO.  My suspicion is that it will be David Kappos, IBM Vice President and Assistant General Counsel.  Other prominent names being suggested as possibilities include Q. Todd Dickinson and Michael Kirk.  My sources tell me that it will not be Aarti Rai, who is a Duke Law Professor and friend to President Obama from when they both attended Harvard Law School.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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