deblau writes: "Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce, for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Kappos is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law, for IBM Corporation. Based in Armonk, New York, Mr. Kappos directs IBM's Intellectual Property Law function, providing legal counsel over all facets of protecting and licensing IBM's intellectual property assets and leading IBM's engagement of intellectual property law policy issues. He joined IBM in 1983 as a Development Engineer and has served as an Intellectual Property Law attorney in IBM's Storage Division and Litigation group, as IP Law Counsel in IBM Software Group, as Assistant General Counsel in IBM Asia/Pacific, IBM Corporate Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel prior to his current position."
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