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What to Expect From the USPTO in the Biden Administration

Law360

19 Nov 2020

Mark Whitaker spoke to Law360 about changes we can expect at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

“I would expect that Biden would be perhaps less tech-centric,” Mark said. “The Obama administration was very tech-centric. I would anticipate that there would be a little bit more focus on pharma and bio industries, because we’re in this pandemic and that’s going to be top of mind for this administration.”

He added that he expects patent law to remain apart from the partisan battles that face many other areas of law.

“I don’t see IP issues as necessarily problematic between the two parties” he said. “There was typically fairly broad agreement between Democrats and Republicans on these issues.”

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