David Kappos: IPR Protection, a Contributor to Economy Growth in Both Countries

David Kappos, Director of Unite States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), IBM's former vice president and assistant general counsel for intellectual property law who has more than 23 years' experiences in IPR, began pushing big reforms to the US patent law as soon as he came to the job. The deal was sealed when US President Obama signed America Invents Act on September 16, 2011. David Kappos delivered a keynote speech to China's IPR workers on May 29 to provide a detailed overview of this Patent Act which was being widely described as the most significant changes to the U.S. patent system in 175 years and strived to further promote the exchange of the two countries in IPR area.

"The new amended America Invents Act brings radical changes to the patent system that will help American enterprises and innovators turn a new invention into a business as quickly as possible, bring these inventions to market faster, create new businesses and new jobs." Kappos told the CIP News reporter.

Kappos's rich experience in IPR field helps him deeply realize that enterprises and innovators' thirst for IPR protection. "We should provide inventors the more active and effective IPR system to encourage innovation. The legislation represents the most significant and far-reaching reform of the U.S. patent system since it established. This much-needed reform just speeds up the process of IPR protection in the 21st century. We also invited comments for the amendment of the Acts from the enterprises in China and other countries and regions which was conducive not only to the companies in America but also to the enterprises in China and other countries." Kappos pointed out.

"China has taken a series of efficient measures to improve IPR system and create atmosphere favorable for IPR protection. With the efforts of the Chinese government, enterprises and general public made, China will make more enormous achievements in IPR work." he said.

"China's patent applications are in high gear and is at the leading place in the world. China has establised examiners training base and patent examination assistance centers throughout the country which are not only improving examination capacity but also solving the backlog problem of patent applications. USPTO will borrow the methods and experience to set up satellite offices in the districts far from Washington D.C. The first satellite office will be established in Detroit, Michigan and opened in July this year. USPTO are also planning to employ more examiners and pushing the home office."

"IPR is changing constantly which has a close relationship with our life and present cross-major, cross-domain and cross-border characteristics. Standing at a crossroad of economic development and facing the new challenges and opportunities, both China and the U.S.should take efforts to encourage technology innovation and stimulate economic development." Kappos said. "When it comes to entry into American market, Kappos held that doing business in another country would require both Chinese and American enterprises to comply with local rules and regulations. Chinese enterprise should seek the advice of the U.S. legal experts and lawyers to avoiding the risk of IPR litigation issues and develop IPR dispute resolution mechanisms and be aggressive in coping with IPR issues in oversea markets. It is clear that IPR protection will contribute to the economy development of two countries and the whole world." 

(China IP News)