On April 18, the Digital Creators Coalition sent a letter, co-signed by the News Media Alliance, congratulating Kathi Vidal for her confirmation as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The letter emphasizes the Director and USPTO’s role in championing American creativity and building strong copyright protection systems overseas. While mainly responsible for patent and trademark policy, USPTO also participates in the negotiation and monitoring of copyright-related provisions in international treaties, technical assistance and training on copyright matters, and the monitoring of domestic copyright policy. Prior to her confirmation, Director Vidal worked for Winston & Strawn LLP as a Managing Partner, having previously worked for Fish & Richardson P.C. and clerked for Judge Alvin Anthony Schall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Director Vidal worked in electrical engineering before attending law school. Read more about Director Vidal here and the DCC letter here.
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