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November 10, 2009

Contact: Peter Pappas or Jennifer Rankin Byrne
 Phone: (571) 272-8400 or peter.pappas1@uspto.gov;
 jennifer.rankin_byrne@uspto.gov;

Press Release, 09-27

Commerce Under Secretary and USPTO Director Kappos Launches Blog

 “Director’s Forum” will Foster Active and Open Dialogue with Stakeholders"

WASHINGTON – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today launched a blog to foster a direct dialogue with the USPTO’s stakeholders and the general public.

“It’s important for me to be able to hear directly from the IP community, and that is why we are establishing this open channel for sustained dialogue and the exchange of ideas,” said Kappos. “I hope that the public will find this blog to be a useful vehicle for providing input to me directly and giving us the feedback we need to be able to better serve our constituents and the American people. I am looking forward to hearing from all segments of the IP community and encourage you to share your ideas and concerns with me on an ongoing basis.”

Kappos’ first post marks his first 90 days in office and focuses on his participation in the agency’s 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference held at the USPTO last week. The post highlights key accomplishments and initiatives specifically geared toward assisting small entity inventors. Mr. Kappos also addresses areas of the proposed patent reform legislation that are of particular concern to this group.

The new blog is part of an extensive effort to reach out to the IP community and actively engage USPTO stakeholders in an effort help to the agency better serve the American public.

The blog is available via the USPTO home page and at www.uspto.gov/blog.

 

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