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Report: PTO Chief David Kappos to Step Down, Terese Stanek Rea Named Acting Lead

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David Kappos

Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos will step down in January after nearly three-and-a-half years at the helm, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Teresa Stanek Rea, the agency’s deputy director since August 2011, will succeed Kappos on an acting basis, Ashby Jones reports.

Jones reports the agency worked to address a backlog of patent applications, reducing the number from 750,000 in 2008 to 605,000 now.

Application totals increased about 5 percent per year during that timeframe, the report said.

The agency also began the process of opening four satellite offices during his tenure, with the goal of helping to tackle the applications backlog (click here for our coverage of that announcement).

Those offices will be located in Dallas, Denver, Detroit and San Jose, Calif.

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