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:
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.