by Dennis Crouch
Former USPTO Director David Kappos announced today that he has joined the New York corporate law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP as a partner. The 500+ attorney firm only has two registered patent attorneys on staff and does not directly handle patent prosecution. However, the firm is intensely involved in complex corporate deals with major intellectual property components. The firm's patent litigation department tends be called-on for cases that potentially have a substantial antitrust or regulatory component such as ANDA litigation and litigation associated with patents covering industry standards.