Ex-Google Exec Lee Nominated to Head USPTO

Had Been Top Official Since Exit of Director Kappos
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The White House's nomination of former Google executive Michelle Lee to be the next director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) drew plenty of positive response from the computer and tech industry Friday.

Lee has been essentially heading the office as deputy director of the office following the departure of David Kappos in 2013. Before that, she was director of its Silicon Valley office in 2012-2013. From 2003 to 2012 she was Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy at Google Inc.

From 2003 to 2012, Ms. Lee was deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy at Google.

"Michelle Lee is an outstanding choice to run the Patent and Trademark Office," said Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro. "She brings a key understanding of how our patent system can support and catalyze American innovation. We urge the Senate to approve her nomination as expeditiously as possible.”

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