Commissioner for Patents Leaving the USPTO

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

Robert Stoll, who has been the Commissioner for Patents for the last two years, is leaving the USPTO. Stoll worked for the Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, who also supervises the Trademark functions at the USPTO.

Stoll spent most of his career at the USPTO. In a farewell message, he noted some achievements during his time as Commissioner for Patents:

  • a reduction of the patent backlog to less than 670,000, at a time when patent filings increased by five percent
  • a more collaborative environment: supervisors mentoring examiners, examiners helping applicants, and technical support personnel helping move applications through the system

You can read more from Robert Stoll, reflecting on his departure from the USPTO, here.

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