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Michelle Lee: New USPTO Program Aims to Encourage Women to Pursue STEM Education

Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee

Michelle K. Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has announced a USPTO initiative to encourage women to take courses and pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lee, who also serves as undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property, unveiled the All in STEM program at the Million Women Mentors Summit held Monday in Washington, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

“At the broadest level, the mission of the USPTO is to promote American innovation, and I believe this should be across all geographic regions of the country, and across all demographics,” said Lee, who is the first female director in the history of USPTO.

She also discussed other USPTO programs that seek to inspire women to pursue STEM degrees such as the Urban Alliance internship and mentorship program for high school students and the intellectual property patch initiative with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

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