Washington, D.C., partner Bob Stoll was quoted in The Washington Post article, titled, “How patent reform’s fraught politics have left USPTO still without a boss.” The article discussed the impending search for a new director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which has sat vacant for more than 16 months.

The Obama administration’s reported pick was derailed after an outcry from the technology world. The conflict has become a battleground for who will control how government and innovation intersect in the United States.

“There is a politicization to the position now and it can seem like Google vs. the pharmaceutical industry,” said Bob. “Everybody recognizes that things could be better, and maybe there has been some overreaching. But we need somebody who has the gravitas to represent the country internationally and be a measured voice on patents inside the [Obama] administration.”

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