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Michelle Lee to be Nominated as Commerce Undersecretary for IP, USPTO Director

Michelle Lee
Michelle Lee

The Obama administration has named Michelle Lee, deputy undersecretary at the Commerce Department and deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as potential nominee to the post of undersecretary for intellectual property and USPTO director.

Lee, who has held her current positions since January this year, is among other public figures and professionals the White House listed in an announcement posted on its website Thursday.

She currently advises the President on U.S. and international intellectual property concerns and previously served as director of USPTO’s Silicon Valley office and member of its Patent Public Advisory Committee.

Lee was named Best Bay Area IP Lawyer by the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Business Journal in 2012 and listed in the top 100 most influential women of Silicon Valley in 2013.

She also worked as deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy at Google, a partner at Fenwick & West, an associate at Keker & Van Nest and judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Early in her career, Lee was a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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