Making patents great again

Donald Trump said nothing about patents during his election campaign. At a conference in Washington DC this November, the task of working out what his administration might herald began in earnest

Many of the US patent community’s most distinguished members gathered in Washington DC on November 15 2016 for this year’s Patent Law & Policy (PLAP) event, organised by IAM and held just a stone’s throw from the White House in the Ronald Reagan Centre. Alongside current US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Michelle Lee and former incumbents Todd Dickinson and David Kappos were ex-Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel, Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) David Ruschke, IP Owners Association Executive Director Mark Lauroesch and American IP Law Association Deputy Executive Director Vincent Garlock, as well as a significant number of senior corporate IP executives and private practitioners, not to mention a smattering of lobbyists and investors.

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