Now this might explain Director Kappos’ comments at CAP . . .

In my last post I speculated idly that perhaps the re-election of President Obama was what emboldened Director Kappos to present a surprisingly pointed and strong defense of software patents at the Center for American Progress. But in a further reminder of why  I don’t get involved in politics much, it turns out that Kappos was getting ready to step down from his post:

http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2012/11/uspto-director-kappos-will-leave-in-january-2013.html

Speculating wildly again, it might be that Kappos decided to be more forceful in his position on software patents because he knew he was stepping down.

At any rate, I had the good fortune to meet with him on two occasions recently and I am sad to see him leave the PTO. I think the agency was much improved due to his direction there.

About Sean O'Connor

Sean O’Connor is the Boeing International Professor at the University of Washington School of Law (Seattle). He is also Chair of the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy and Faculty Director of the Cannabis Law &B Policy Project. With a diverse background in music, technology, philosophy, history, business, and law, he specializes in legal issues and strategies for entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovation in biotechnology, information technology, and new media/digital arts.
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