Tuesday, April 12 2022   \  Published by JD Supra.

Senate Confirms Kathi Vidal as Next USPTO Director

Senate Confirms Kathi Vidal as Next USPTO Director

On April 5, 2022, the US Senate confirmed Kathi Vidal as the next Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO").

The Senate's confirmation comes more than one-year since former director, Andrei Iancu, resigned in January 2021, and makes Vidal the second woman to ever be appointed as Director with congressional approval. Since Iancu's resignation, Andrew Hirshfeld, the Commissioner for Patents, has been performing interim director duties under the title of "Performing the Duties and Functions of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO." Read more

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