USPTO Director David Kappos Speaking at Maine Law

The Center for Law & Innovation and Maine Patent Program at the University of Maine School of Law are honored to host David Kappos, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He will give a public presentation at the School of Law on Friday, October 8, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Mr. Kappos will speak on how the US patent system contributes to the role of the “United States as a Global Leader in Innovation.”

A former intellectual property attorney and corporate counsel at IBM, Mr. Kappos now controls the division of the US government “that provides incentives to encourage technological advancement and helps businesses protect their investments, promote their goods and safeguard against deception in the marketplace.” Prior to joining the USPTO, Kappos has served on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the International Intellectual Property Society. He has also been the Vice President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He has held various previous leadership positions in intellectual property law associations in Asia and the U.S., and has spoken widely in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. on intellectual property topics.

Mr. Kappos received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Davis in 1983, and his law degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1990.

There is no admission fee or registration requirement for the presentation. The law school is located at 246 Deering Avenue in Portland. For more information about this public event, please contact Rita Heimes at 207-228-8435, or

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