David Kappos, who the Senate confirmed as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Aug. 7, 2009, said the agency is chipping away at the huge application backlog. The total is down from "737,000 and change in July to [about] 728,000 at end of August ... We're pressing very hard to try to get that backlog under 700,000." He also spoke about the three-tier processing proposal, which would allow applicants to pay for faster processing, opt to delay processing for up to 30 months or choose regular processing.
PTO Director Reflects on His First Year
The National Law Journal
September 9, 2010