David Kappos


Good morning. It is a privilege to be here representing the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). I want to thank the Missouri Law Review for the invitation and for hosting me here today. Moreover, I want to commend the University of Missouri for convening this important conference. These are critical topics, and today I want to focus on the key role the USPTO will play in shaping patent protections in the future. But let me first congratulate the members from the Federal Circuit who are present today for thirty years of excellence in addressing the most fundamental of considerations within patent policy. Your ongoing engagement of IP issues is pivotal to our ability to work together as a community and promote a strong, balanced patent system. And your efforts not only work to safeguard generation-changing ideas in the marketplace, but on the larger scale they promote growth and new market opportunities for our country.

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