Monday, April 21, 4:45 PM
University Events Room

Glickman Family Library, 7th floor
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Maine is perhaps the most singular state in our union—occupying the far northern corner of the country, bordering as many foreign countries as united states, larger than all other New England states combined but very sparsely populated, enjoying natural advantages including stunning beauty and plentiful resources. I grew up in California, having an impression of Maine as an exotic destination with beautiful harbors and stunning coastline and scenic lighthouses.

Said differently, in my mind, as in the minds of many millions of Americans and perhaps billions of people around the world, Maine has a positive, if misunderstood brand. A brand that transcends natural beauty, to include work ethic and understated style, among other attributes. And a brand that includes innovation. In the decade plus that I have had a home in Maine, and spent substantial time in the state, I have come to understand a simple truth: Maine punches far above its weight class—in many respects. This essay will not attempt to explore all of the ways in which Maine excels, but it will focus on the last of them, recounting Maine's unique stake in our nation's innovation economy, observing the natural innovation advantages Maine enjoys, and considering what it will take going forward to turn those advantages into marketplace outcomes that suit Maine's culture and style.

(Preview of Mr. Kappos's article in Maine Policy Review. The article is expected to be published in the April issue)

A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, David J. Kappos is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of 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. Mr. Kappos supports the Firm’s clients with a wide range of their most complex intellectual property issues.

From August 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on intellectual property policy matters. As Director of the USPTO, he led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems as well as its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, signed into law by the President in September 2011.

Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos held several executive posts in the legal department of IBM, the world’s largest patent holder. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the company’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property. In that capacity, he managed global intellectual property activities for IBM, including all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection. Mr. Kappos joined IBM as a development engineer. During his more than 25 years at IBM, he served in a variety of roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel, based in Tokyo, Japan, where he led all aspects of intellectual property protection, including licensing, transactions support and mergers and acquisitions activity for the Asia/Pacific region.

Mr. Kappos has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the field of intellectual property, including, among others, the 2013 Board of Director’s Excellence Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the 2013 Champion of Intellectual Property Award from the District of Columbia Bar Association and the 2013 North America Government Leadership Award from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). He was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property by Managing IP, one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal and Intellectual Property Professional of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Mr. Kappos was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine and recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 in the Technology: Transactional category. He is also a frequent speaker and has authored many published articles on various intellectual property, innovation and leadership topics.

Mr. Kappos serves on the Boards of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, the Center for Global Enterprise, and the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation.

Mr. Kappos was born in Palos Verdes, California. He received a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1983 and a J.D. from the
University of California, Berkeley in 1990.

The colloquium is sponsored by the
L.L. Bean/
Lee Surace Endowed Chair in Accounting.

USM Professor Jeffrey Gramlich was appointed the first L.L. Bean/Lee Surace Chair in Accounting in the USM School of Business in 2003. His appointment was made possible by a $1 million gift from L.L. Bean, Inc., its board chair, Leon Gorman, his wife Lisa, Jim and Maureen Gorman, and Tom Gorman, who established the chair in memory of L.L. Bean CFO Lee Surace '73, '81, who died in March of 2001. Surace was chair of the USM School of Business' Advisory Council and was a frequent guest lecturer.

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