Gigaom suggests Philip Johnson of J&J in line for USPTO Directorship
The Gigaom post included the text:
In December, Johnson testified before the Senate on behalf of the 21st Century Patent Coalition, a group of companies who opposed a bill that would have made it easier for defendants to challenge low-quality patents, and to recover legal costs in the face of frivolous patent lawsuits.
Members of the Patent Coalition include:
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
Electronics for Imaging
Eli Lilly and Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Milliken & Company
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Patent Café.com, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
See also Views on the Patent Reform Act of 2007 by the Coalition.
The Gigaom post neglected to mention that former USPTO Director David Kappos is currently senior advisor to
Partnership for American Innovation. See IPBiz post Kappos ridicules idea that "patent system is broken"