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Outgoing USPTO Director Lee Praised For Smooth Tenure

Law360, New York (June 7, 2017, 9:16 PM EDT) -- Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee, who resigned on Tuesday after two years at the helm of the agency, was an effective and fair leader who made the patent office run smoothly and placed a needed focus on patent quality, attorneys say.

Lee, the former deputy general counsel at Google Inc., did not disclose a reason for her departure or her future plans on Tuesday. USPTO Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal will lead the office on an interim basis until a permanent director is confirmed, the agency announced Wednesday.

A holdover from former President Barack Obama's administration, Lee stayed...

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