David J. Kappos

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Former Director, USPTO

David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised President Obama, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on IP policy matters. Mr. Kappos led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems and its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos served as IBM’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property from 2003 to 2009. In that capacity, he managed all global IP activities for IBM. During his more than 25 years at IBM, he also served in a variety of other roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel, where he led all aspects of IP protection, including licensing, transactions support and M&A activity for the Asia/Pacific region.

Mr. Kappos has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field of IP, including being named one of the Top 25 Icons of IP by Law360, one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing IP, one of the Top 50 IP Trailblazers & Pioneers and one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal, Intellectual Property Professional of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and being inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine in 2012.

Mr. Kappos serves on the Boards of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, the Center for Global Enterprise and the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of ORoPO Foundation, senior advisor to the Partnership for American Innovation and an Adviser on The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Fourth, Property project. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches copyright litigation.