USPTO Director Michelle Lee resigns


Michelle Lee, the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, officially resigned on Tuesday 6th June after two years in post. Lee, the former deputy general counsel at Google, did not disclose a reason for her decision or her future plans.

It was initially believed that Lee that would continue as Director throughout the Trump administration after more than 50 organisations, including Facebook, Amazon and Google signed a letter to Trump backing Lee’s continued leadership. Lee was described as an effective and fair leader who made the patent office run smoothly and instigated valuable changes during her time. A replacement has not yet been named.

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