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New IPR Chief Nominated, Former IPR Official Tapped for Trade Policy Committee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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President Obama announced recently his intent to nominate Michelle K. Lee as under secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Victoria A. Espinel as a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Lee is currently deputy under secretary for IPR and previously served as director of USPTO’s Silicon Valley office. Earlier in her career she served as deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy for a major technology company after working in private practice for nearly a decade. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Espinel is currently president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance as well as chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of IT, Software and Services. She served as the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator in the Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2013 and earlier in her career served as assistant U.S. trade representative and head of USTR’s Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation. She holds a B.S. and a J.D. from Georgetown University along with an LLM from the London School of Economics.

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