Archive for December, 2012

David “IBM” Kappos to leave the USPTO

01 Dec

David “IBM” Kappos was put in as Director of the PTO through the efforts of Sen. Patrick “IBM” Leahy, admittedly for the purpose of assisting IBM and other big business interests and special interests in  pushing the earmark riddled Anti-Inventor Act of 2011 through Congress. Having IBM Kappos running the PTO made more certain the Big Business provisions of the AIA would be implemented, such as the Fast Tract For Fat Cats program.  Now that First To File, increased fees, multiple expensive challenges, and the like are nearly implemented, IBM has done that dirty deed to individual inventors and is now apparently leaving before the fallout begins. Note that his supporters admit he was instrumental in getting in passed. Nothing like killing the patent system and then bailing ship to let others take the heat when there is no “unleashing of the American inventor” as promised.

IBM’s legacy as PTO Director is a bunch of big business provisions that seem destined to kill small inventorship in America. Case in point, IBM still has not implemented the watered-down, highly limited Micro-Entity fees that were used to “sell” the AIA, and it seems clear whether they will not be implemented before he leaves. Instead, IBM has stalled them for over a year now. Meanwhile IBM rushed through the Fast Track For Fat Cats, a 15% fee increase, a new Detroit branch office (coincidentally in the district of a swing vote on the bill), new challenge procedures to better attack small inventor patents, and various provisions to help special Wall Street bankers and a  specific law firm in Boston.

Sad thing is, the next Director may not be much better for small inventors than IBM Kappos. The anti-patent lobby and the big business patent lobby will he hard at work trying to get another patent-killing big business Director and trying to push for IBM to be put on the Fed. Circuit.  At least putting a patent attorney, even a big business lobbyist, would seem to be better for small inventors than another non-paten