Jan 19, 2017

Former Google exec to remain head of patent office

Two industry sources confirm that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told attendees at a Thursday event that Michelle Lee is slated to stay on during the Trump administration as head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Those comments were first reported by Politico.

Issa said the decision would likely be announced tomorrow, according to the sources The USPTO, the presidential transition team and Issa's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The bigger picture: Issa, a Trump ally, is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee's intellectual property subcommittee and a vocal supporter of Lee.

Why it matters: Through her former employer, Lee is tied to the industry with a big stake in the ongoing debate over U.S. patent policy. She's largely seen as friendly to the intellectual property interests of Silicon Valley companies, including cracking down on patent trolls.

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