Monday, November 24, 2008

Possibilities for USPTO director

Concluding that "half the names you're hearing are because of self-promotion and the other half are logical," a blog mentions several names for USPTO Director under Obama: Q. Todd Dickinson, Robert Armitage [by McCain maybe, but by Obama???], Gary Griswold [same, ?], patent attorneys Ray Millien and James Pooley, law professors Mark Lemley of Stanford and Arti Rai of Duke.

Who votes for "none of the above"?

**UPDATE. Dec. 9

In a different direction,
Quinn goes for Kunin

One of the things that makes Kunin such a perfect choice to be the next Director of the Patent Office is that he rose from the ranks of an examiner. Kunin joined the PTO as a patent examiner in June of 1970, became a Senior Examiner in 1977, Director of the Manufacturing Group in May of 1983, and when a new Electrical Communications examining group was formed in April of 1984, he became its first Group Director. Yet another thing that makes Kunin extremely attractive is that he has been in private practice since November 1, 2004, serving as a partner with Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.


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