For the past year, USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee’s status has been in-limbo. Although she has been acting as director of the USPTO, the law did not allow her to be identified as the acting director. During this time, the Obama administration informally floated several potential directorship nominees. However, none of those made the political cut. Finally, in October 2014, the White Housenominated Lee to move up from Deputy Director to Director. That position also comes with the title of Undersecretary of Commerce.
The Democrats in the Senate appear to be hoping to move quickly before Republicans take control in January.
- Gene Quinn offers his list of 12 Questions the Senate Should Ask Michelle Lee.
- Judiciary Committee Notification