Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:35

New USPTO Director Nominated

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Yesterday, Kathi Vidal was officially nominated by the President as the next Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Vidal currently practices in Silicon Valley and has extensive patent litigation experience. If her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Vidal will only be the third woman to lead the USPTO. Vidal’s nomination comes noticeably later than those made by other recent U.S. Presidents, and Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld has been performing the Director’s duties on a temporary basis since former Director Andrei Iancu’s resignation in January 2021. However, the Senate is not expected to vote for at least a few months on whether to confirm Vidal.

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Kelly Malloy

Ms. Malloy earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, and is currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of Miami School of Law concentrating on intellectual property. At Miami Law, Ms. Malloy serves as President of the Student Bar Association and is on the University of Miami Law Review. Ms. Malloy also served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, President of the Inter-Club Council, Executive Board Secretary of the Student Bar Association, and 1L Senator during her time at Miami Law. For her time in these roles, Ms. Malloy received the Joseph H. Bogosian Student Leadership Award. As a result of her dedication to her coursework, Ms. Malloy is in the top 10% of her class, received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, received the Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Scholarship, and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in her Patent Law course. Ms. Malloy is a law clerk at the firm and assists attorneys by drafting patent applications, performing legal research, and preparing for litigation.