David Kappos

David Kappos
  • Partner
    Cravath, Swaine & Moore

1983, BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis; 1990, JD, University of California, Berkeley. Formerly, more than 25 years with IBM, including: Development Engineer; Litigation Counsel; Asia-Pacific IP counsel, Tokyo, Japan; 2003-09, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property, IBM; 2009-13, Undersecretary of Commerce and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Currently, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Expertise: intellectual property, including intellectual property management and strategy, the development of global intellectual property norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets. Recipient of awards and honours, including: induction into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame, Intellectual Asset Management Magazine; named one of 50 most Influential People in Intellectual Property, Managing IP; named Intellectual Property Professional of the Year, Intellectual Property Owners Association (2011).