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Hank Nothhaft
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re: Blog: Hearing Wednesday for IBM exec as PTO head
Hank Nothhaft   7/28/2009 5:00:26 PM
At Tessera, we think David J. Kappos is an excellent choice to head the USPTO. As part of this confirmation hearing, we hope Congress develops a deeper understanding of the enormous challenges facing the patent office. And we urge our elected leaders to ensure that Mr. Kappos gets the critical support he needs. Fixing the USPTO should be a far greater priority for our patent system than continuing to battle over so-called ?reform?? legislation. We need a patent office that spurs innovation, not impedes it. Here are suggestions for some much-needed improvements: · Improve funding by preventing any diversion of fees. · Adopt more of a market-driven model by changing how fees are assessed. · Improve the USPTO?s technology infrastructure. · Continue evaluating submission guidelines to improve the quality of patent applications. · Set up regional offices so patent examiners can work directly with innovators to improve patent quality. · Lastly, do a better job of attracting and retaining a high-quality workforce. Offer financial incentives for government service. We are confident that the Senate Judiciary Committee will confirm Mr. Kappos. But we?d also like to hear that the committee ? and Congress ? is committed to fixing the office to help preserve the innovation that has defined our economic progress for more than two centuries. Hank Nothhaft, President and CEO, Tessera San Jose, CA

rick merritt
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re: Blog: Hearing Wednesday for IBM exec as PTO head
rick merritt   7/24/2009 1:23:12 PM
So, what do you think? Let the conversations begin.

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