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Mar. 25, 2016

Law360: Icon of IP: Cravath’s David Kappos, by Erin Coe

This post originally appeared in Law360 on March 25, 2016

David Kappos still has the pen President Barack Obama used to sign the America Invents Act, landmark legislation for overhauling the patent system that many said could never be passed.

It’s framed in his office, and it still reminds the former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the day after the bill was signed in 2011 — after the laudatory speeches had been given and the Congress members he celebrated with had gone home — when a question occurred to him.