Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent & Trademark Office

The USPTO continues to move toward opening its full complement of four satellite offices in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and San Jose. Detroit is up and running with about ½ staff of 50 patent examiners and 10 administrative patent judges.

Today, the PTO announced that Google deputy GC Michelle Lee is taking on the role of Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lee has been a leader of the Silicon Valley patent bar for a number of years and is a current member of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC).

This is another excellent hire by the USPTO.

2 thoughts on “Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent & Trademark Office

  1. Clearly you haven’t met Michelle Lee if you think this is a good hire. She’s socially inept and uninspiring. I can’t imagine anything worse that working in a department run by her.

    However, if she has been an outspoken critic of patent rights as Mark Syman says, then at least she’s got that right. The USPTO issues way too many patents on trivial inventions.

  2. Michelle Lee has been an outspoken critic of patent rights.

    This is putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

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