Arlington, VA – 07/02/2014 – The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president of Government and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Electronics Association® regarding the nomination of the next executive director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:
“We are concerned, and frankly puzzled, by the potential nomination of Philip Johnson as executive director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“Mr. Johnson took a leading role in stalling patent reform efforts earlier this year in the U.S. Senate, and worked diligently to weaken or kill a variety of White House initiatives to stop patent trolls. It seems absurd that a strong opponent of attempts to reduce frivolous litigation should be asked to implement the Obama administration's initiatives to fix our broken patent system.
“We urge the White House to go back to the drawing board and find a qualified candidate who shares the President's stated goal of improving our patent system by reducing litigation abuse.”
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