Saturday, August 16, 2008

The most popular PTO director in recent history?

In a post titled Todd Dickinson To Take AIPLA Helm, Patently-O states: Dickinson is widely considered the most popular PTO director in recent history.

For clarification, IPBiz asks: popular with whom? One can view some of the posts on Dickinson on Greedy-IP.

Patently-O also states: Dickinson is also an Obama supporter and would be a likely return-appointee as PTO director if the democratic contender is elected. After leaving the PTO, Dickinson took the job of chief IP counsel for GE after working as a partner at Howry LLP.

Q. Todd Dickinson is not a registered patent attorney listed on the USPTO's roster [the only Dickinson's are David B., Jon M., and Kari A.] Prior to working in the PTO in the Clinton administration, he worked for Sun Oil (Sunoco).

A bio notes:

From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Dickinson was Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Technology at Sun Company, Inc., where he had legal and managerial responsibility for all intellectual property matters worldwide. From 1981 to 1990, he served as counsel to Chevron Corporation in San Francisco, CA, focusing on domestic and international intellectual property matters. Prior to 1981, he was a patent and trademark practitioner with Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Deerfield, IL, and the Pittsburgh, PA law firm of Blenko, Buell, Ziesenheim and Beck.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Dickinson earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the Bars of Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

**Also, wasn't Dickinson directing the USPTO when the problematic (unconstitutional) legislation involving "appointments" of BPAI judges was passed by Congress?


John Duffy and Translogic Technology and the BPAI

LBE only talked to Dickinson once, concerning a case involving "cold fusion," and Dickinson was bureaucratically-evasive, and would not talk about either the science or the law.


LBE made the following post on Patently-O, as yet unanswered:

Is Q. Todd Dickinson a registered patent attorney, or not? His name does not seem to appear on the roster of registered attorneys. He does have an undergrad degree in chemistry.

Posted by: Lawrence B. Ebert | Aug 16, 2008 at 07:34 AM

**UPDATE, 16 Aug

One poster on Patently-O states that Dickinson was a registered patent attorney, but offers no explanation for Dickinson's non-appearance on the roster. LBE made the following post -->

Relevant to Jeff's post, how could Q. Todd Dickinson, if once a registered patent attorney, cease to be listed on the roster? He has not been listed for years. Note the roster currently lists Leslie Misrock of Pennie & Edmonds, who is no longer among the living. There are ten (10) Pennie attorneys listed on the roster, even though there is no Pennie. Once on, it's tough to be removed.

The matter of GE's outsourcing of patent applications to India has been discussed in a number of places, including Greedy IP. [The use of outsourcing at GE (direct or indirect) may have preceded Dickinson's arrival.]

How about Lemley or Rai for USPTO Director?

**One IPBiz reader made the following comment -->

1) Dickinson:
a) can the current claim of "registered patent attorney" be called
fraud, or plagiarism? (in a sense, both are "misrepresentation" to
obtain the benefits thereof.) [IPBiz note: we currently do not know why
Dickinson is not on the roster. He might (still?) be a registered patent attorney, in which case there is no issue. Perhaps someone can clarify this issue.]
b) gee, the Democrats complain about "big oil" influencing the Bush
administration-yet this guy has done all his non-gov. IP work in oil
companies (or big pharma).
c) and no, I don't trust an Obama supporter to run US IP, PTO, etc.

Let him be a Lemley law prof. [IPBiz note: we've got too many of those floating around already. AIPLA sounds like a good bet. It was already out of touch with many registered patent attorneys. Ask Joe Hosteny.]

**Also, one can find negative things about Dickinson on the internet, for example, Q. Todd Dickinson (as in son of the Devil)


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