Following Backlash, White House Realizes Guy Who Opposed Obama's Own Patent Reform Plan Shouldn't Lead The Patent Office

from the how-did-it-even-get-that-far? dept

A little over a week ago, it came out that President Obama was on the verge of appointing a former pharmaceutical industry exec, who had spent years fighting against the very kind of patent reform that President Obama supported, to be head of the USPTO. It was a little odd how the news came out -- as it seemed to be clearly "leaked" to a few folks in the press that Phil Johnson was likely to be the nominee. However, the move was pretty quickly condemned, and now the same folks are saying that the White House has changed its mind, and will not offer the position to Johnson.

At the very least, that suggests that the "leak" of his name was something of a trial balloon, to see how it would go over -- and the vocal rejection (including by big patent reform supporter Senator Chuck Schumer) made the White House realize that it would be in for a pretty angry fight over the nomination. Hopefully, the next nominee isn't someone who has vocally fought against the President's own position on patent reform...

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    andypandy, 10 Jul 2014 @ 3:42am

    Answers????

    Could we not demand an answer as to why President Obama put this guy on the list or why he was even considered for the position.
    I think it is time that politicians should answer for their actions.

    1 simple question, why would you President Obama , want to put someone in a position of such power when he is obviously against everything you believe. Were you blackmailed, do we need an investigation to find out or are you going to answer the question and not try to weevil out of answering it.

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