The former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit is quoted in IAM Magazine as “remain[ing] a candidate for the [PTO] Director position and believ[ing] that [he] possess[es] the energy, experience, and ability to ‘make patents great again’”.

Regards,
Hal

From IAM Magazine ,Comment from Randall Rader:  “Yes, I remain a candidate for the Director position and believe that I possess the energy, experience, and ability to ‘make patents great again’ as part of the campaign to ‘make America great again.’  The President seems to be emphasising jobs.  I have said often that one key to protect US jobs is to protect the intellectual property that creates and sustains those jobs.  

“Few understand the international IP market as I do and can pursue the goal of protecting US IP worldwide. Few understand the inner workings of the USPTO as I do and understand ways to increase its efficiency and eproductivity.

“I hope that I get the chance to serve this Administration at the USPTO.”

Source:  Richard Lloyd, IAM Magazine (Feb 2, 2017), http://www.iam-media.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=0fb58dc8-5fa4-4adc-bfc4-910a41dff1b2