Kathi Vidal was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on April 13, 2022. In the months since then, she has begun to make a significant mark on the agency, particularly at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). Highlights
Scott Weidenfeller rejoined Covington from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) where he served as Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge. In this role he had significant responsibility for developing, implementing, and communicating Board policy. Prior to serving as a Vice Chief APJ, Scott worked in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), first as an Associate Solicitor and then as Senior Counsel for Patent Law and Litigation. He also served as Acting Deputy Solicitor. Prior to his time at the USPTO, Scott was a Covington associate specializing in patent litigation. He worked on over a dozen cases in district courts and in the Federal Circuit. He analyzed patents and prior art, worked with technical experts, drafted merits briefings, took depositions, and conducted oral arguments. Now that he has rejoined the firm, he will continue to focus on PTAB trials as well as patent matters in the district and appellate courts, leveraging his deep understanding of the way patent matters are handled in each forum.