Wednesday, June 7, 2017

USPTO Director Lee resigns

Michelle Lee, the head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office resigned on June 6, 2017, apparently effective the same day.

Michelle Lee was a favorite of large technology companies, many of which lobbied to keep her in place during a Trump administration.  By contrast, many inventors and biotechnology companies were unhappy with how she implemented the post-grant review procedures under the America Invents Act, going so far as to call the "IPR" process a "patent death squad".

Patents are a form of private property, and conservatives typically place a lot of emphasis on protecting private property.  It will be interesting to see who is next in line to head the USPTO.

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