Former Google chief of patents is now a deputy director of the USPTO

Former Google chief of patents is now a deputy director of the USPTO
We tend to give the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a pretty hard time around here, mostly because the USPTO (and patent law in general) has had a very difficult time adapting to the software boom, and has shifted more towards stifling innovation and away from sharing ideas like it was originally intended to do. We can't say this news will change anything, but it is interesting to note that a former Googler is now a deputy director of the USPTO.

Michelle Lee had been the head of patents and patent strategy at Google, and more recently she had her own post at the USPTO. Lee had been the head of the newly set-up Sillicon Valley branch of the USPTO, which had actually just selected a location for the new office last month - San Jose City Hall. Now, Lee is getting bumped up to the big leagues as the Deputy Director of the USPTO, and she will oversee the agency until a new director is chosen. 

source: USPTO via AllThingsD

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8 Comments

7. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

its just me or what the whole patent office thingy are dominated by chinese,from the judge to panel jury

8. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What are you implying then?

6. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This is probably gunna hurt competitors of Google because she is probably going to be bias and help Google.

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

This is probably no different than Mr. Elop being a trojan horse for Microsoft. Her ties with Google will definitely benefit them for patent reviewing and the process of granting them, allowing them to further bolster their inventory of patents.

1. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I hope she help the USPTO to take a second look of all the apple patents. all the cellphones manufactures will be free from the big iTROLL , and I know Samsung will be on time out for a few days to. no taking any side here.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't just Apple, everyone is exploiting this retarded system (anyone with money and power). It is too messed up and literally will not be solved until everything burns down and something new rises from the ashes (note: I should probably patent that process).

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Yeah, this system isn't really hurting the big companies with teams of lawyers much at all. It is hurting consumers by driving up costs and slowing innovation, and it is hurting smaller companies and startups who cant defend themselves from fake patent attacks from patent trolls and big companies. I already patented the burning down process, if you patent the rising from the ashes process we can team up :p

3. stealthd unregistered

Sounds like you're taking a side

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