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Appointment of Former Commissioner for Patents Nicholas Godici to USPTO Consultant Position.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 8, 2009

Per a USPTO press release issued earlier today:

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Takes Key Step to Address Patent and Trademark Office Challenges

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced the appointment of former USPTO official and long-time patent professional Nicholas Godici to look at ways to strengthen the management structure of the USPTO and provide an up-to-date assessment of the challenges the office faces. Godici, hired by current Acting Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director John Doll at Locke’s request, will work with USPTO officials to identify areas of concern and to assist in the transition to a new director. He will serve as a consultant for a period of up to 180 days.

President Obama nominated David Kappos, a patent professional with more than 20 years of experience, to be the next USPTO director on June 18.

“I’m counting on Nick to use his decades of experience to help us strengthen the management of the USPTO and identify the areas most in need of attention by the new director,” Locke said.

A biography for Mr. Godici may be found at the USPTO website here.

JW Note:  Mr. Godici will speaking at the upcoming 2nd Annual Quad City IP Symposium titled “Pushing the Envelope on IP Reform”.  The event will be held at the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, Ohio, on July 17, 2009.  Registration information for the event may be found here.

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