USPTO Director Nominee Kathi Vidal Clears Judiciary Committee

  • January 13, 2022
  • Category: Patent Litigation Feature

On January 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s nominee for USPTO director, Kathi Vidal, to the full Senate. The move all but ensures Vidal’s confirmation, coming shortly after announcements by two of the committee’s top Republican members—Senators Thom Tillis (NC) and Chuck Grassley (IA)—that they would vote in her favor. If confirmed, Vidal will take the helm of the agency amid robust stakeholder debate over the policies of her predecessor, Andrei Iancu, as detailed in RPX’s recently released report on the state of patent litigation, the patent marketplace, and patent policy at the close of 2021.

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