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David Kappos

David J. Kappos
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
In office
August 13, 2009 – February 1, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Jon Dudas
Succeeded by Teresa Stanek Rea (acting)
Personal details
Born (1961-03-03) March 3, 1961 [1]
Palos Verdes, California
Spouse(s) Leslie Kappos[1]

David "Dave" J. Kappos (born March 3, 1961, Palos Verdes, California[1][2]) is an attorney who served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from 2009 to 2013. Prior to being confirmed to this post by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009,[3] Kappos was the vice president and assistant general counsel, intellectual property law, for IBM Corporation.[4] Kappos announced his intent to step down from the position in late January 2013.[5][6] His final day in office was Friday, February 1, 2013.[7] He was succeeded by Teresa Stanek Rea as Acting Under Secretary and Acting Director.[8]

David Kappos (right) being sworn in as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director, by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, as Kappos's wife, Leslie, holds the Bible, August 13, 2009
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.[1] He joined IBM in 1983 as a development engineer and has served in a variety of roles before taking his last position at IBM, including intellectual property law attorney in IBM's Storage Division and Litigation group, IP Law Counsel in IBM's Software Group, assistant general counsel for IBM Asia/Pacific, IBM Corporate Counsel and assistant general counsel. Kappos served on the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the International Intellectual Property Society.[3]

After leaving the PTO, Kappos joined the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he advises clients on intellectual property matters relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions and litigation.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "David Kappos". The Washington Post. July 24, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kappos, David James, 1961-". Library of Congress Name Authority File. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b USPTO web site, David Kappos Confirmed as Patent and Trademark Office Director, August 7, 2009. Consulted on August 10, 2009.
  4. ^ President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, June 18, 2009.
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  6. ^ William New (26 November 2012). "USPTO Director Kappos To Depart In January".  
  7. ^ McDermott, Eileen (January 28, 2013). "Kappos: why he’s leaving USPTO, and what’s left to be done". Managing Intellectual Property. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Teresa Stanek Rea: Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the USPTO". U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lattman, Peter (February 6, 2013). "Cravath Hires a 2nd Official From Obama Administration". New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 

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External links

  • David J. Kappos biography at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • "Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - David J. Kappos". Executive Nominations. U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved February 8, 2013.  David Kappos Senate confirmation proceedings.
  • "Senate Hearing 111-695, Part 3". U.S. Government Printing Office. July 29, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2013.  Transcript, David Kappos Senate confirmation hearing.
Government offices
Preceded by
Jon Dudas (acting since January 2009: John J. Doll)
Head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
July 29, 2009 - February 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Teresa Stanek Rea
(acting since February 2013)
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