By Donald Zuhn --
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released a statement today indicating that President Obama intends to nominate David Kappos (at right) to be the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Senator Leahy stated that Mr. Kappos' experience as a development engineer and leading intellectual property attorney make him "exceptionally qualified to lead the Patent and Trademark Office." The Senator also noted that Mr. Kappos, the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property Law at IBM, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), and the International Intellectual Property Society. Senator Leahy concluded by stating that:
Patent Docs thanks Hal Wegner for alerting us to Senator Leahy's statement.