The PatentlyO blog is reporting that USPTO chief Jon Dudas has announced he will be standing down in mid-January. This is not a huge surprise, given that the Bush-appointed Dudas was never going to keep his job under the incoming Obama administration. The fact that he seems to be giving just a fortnight's notice, though, may indicate that he has now secured another job. If so, it will be interesting to see whether he stays in IP and, if he does, in what capacity.

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