For those of you that have not yet read David Kappos’ open letter to President Lincoln, please take a moment to read it at Managing IP’s blog: http://www.managingip.com/Blog/3334558/Guest-post-An-open-letter-to-Abraham-Lincoln-from-David-Kappos.html.
A great many of us that have been in the patent field for a long time believe Mr. Kappos was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Director of the US Patent Office of our times. It is heartening to know that he will continue to be a steady hand on the wheel of patent policy, even if only as a private sector advocate for sensible policy.
No doubt Lincoln’s understanding of the importance of the patent system was at least in part owing to his own inventiveness. Leaves one wondering if the reverse is true – is the patent system least appreciated by those that are least inventive? Certainly those that depend on copying others to succeed stand to gain the most by diminishing the value of the creativity of others.
Dave – thanks again for showing us why you will long be remembered as a truly great Director of the US Patent Office, and a fine student of history as well.