NJIPLA Named David J. Kappos as 2014 Jefferson Medalist

David J. Kappos, 2014 Jefferson Medalist, joined by previous Jefferson Medal recipients at the 2014 Jefferson Medal Dinner. 
Shown (front row):  Ralph Oman, Judge Pauline Newman, Judge Garrett Brown (Ret.), David Kappos, Dr. Triantafyllos Tafas;
(second row) Judge Richard Linn, Robert Armitage, Michael Kirk; (third row) Philip Johnson

The New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association (NJIPLA) was pleased to name David J. Kappos as the 2014 Jefferson Medalist.  Mr. Kappos, the former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Following a 64 year tradition, the NJIPLA presents the Jefferson Medal annually to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Previous Medalists include judges, members of Congress, Patent and Trademark Office officials and leaders of the intellectual property bar.

"This year's Jefferson Medalist, David J. Kappos, is one of the world's foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property." stated Mark Abate, President of the NJIPLA.   "He has been widely credited with transforming the US Patent and Trademark Office and implementing a 21st Century patent system.  The capstone of his achievement was the passage and implementation of the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the patent law since 1952.  We recognize his contributions to the field of intellectual property with the presentation of the NJIPLA's Jefferson Medal."

Mr. Kappos was honored at the Jefferson Medal Dinner on Friday, June 6, 2014.  The event was held at The Hilton at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ.

Members of the 2014 Board of Managers with
David J. Kappos, Jefferson Medalist. 
Shown - Gregory J. Murgia, Robert E. Rudnick, Mark J. Abate, Josephine A. Paltin

Not Shown - Jon A. Chiodo, Lisa H. Wang

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