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Former U.S. Patent Office Director to Speak at USM’s L. L. Bean/Lee Surace Colloquium 10th Anniversary Celebration

On Monday, April 21, there will be a ten-year anniversary celebration of the L. L. Bean/Lee Surace Colloquium Series. David Kappos will speak on “Maine’s Natural Advantages—Keys to Achieving a Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem,” from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of Glickman Family Library, USM-Portland. A short reception will follow with complimentary refreshments supplied by L. L. Bean, and the event is free and open to the public. Please click here for more information and to register.

“Maine’s Natural Advantages—Keys to Achieving a Vibrant Innovation Ecosystem” is a talk based on David Kappos’s upcoming article in Maine Policy Review. The talk will combine a brief history of innovation in Maine, Maine’s cultural traits, and what Big Data means to Maine.

David Kappos is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP law firm. 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. From August 2009-January 2013, Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.