Appointed by President Barack Obama, David Kappos was sworn in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 13, 2009. Prior to leading the USPTO, Kappos spent over 25 years with IBM Corporation, where he held several executive posts, including the company’s vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Davis in 1983 and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. Kappos resigned from the USPTO on February 1, 2013, and became a partner at a law firm in New York City.
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