Bloomberg Law
April 5, 2022, 11:40 PMUpdated: April 6, 2022, 1:58 AM

Senate Approves Kathi Vidal for Patent and Trademark Office (1)

Samantha Handler
Samantha Handler

Kathi Vidal, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on Tuesday.

Vidal is the second woman to hold the dual roles of under secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and USPTO director. She brings experience as a litigator who’s been on both sides of patent disputes, most recently as managing partner of Winston & Strawn LLP’s Silicon Valley office.

She’s also the first Senate-confirmed director since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in United States v. Arthrex Inc. that the patent office leader has the power ...

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