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AIPLA President Praises Nomination of Michelle Lee as USPTO Director


Arlington, VA – June 7, 2013 – AIPLA President Wayne P. Sobon praised the nomination of Michelle K. Lee to serve as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:
"I personally congratulate Director Designate Lee on her nomination by the President.  She will hit the ground running as she faces the multitude of challenges in this role, and we are confident that she will achieve significant and speedy success.  At this critical time for the Office and in the IP world generally, filling this important position is long past due." 
"As fellow residents of Silicon Valley who've known each other throughout our careers, and in particular as fellow members on the USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee, I appreciate Michelle's many talents and I am confident that we will be able to work effectively and collaboratively with her in tackling the significant issues ahead."
"We also look forward to welcoming Director Designate Lee as a speaker at our Annual Meeting next week, and to hearing of her plans for the Office." 
AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  

​Jim Crowne
Deputy Executive Director 
of Legal Affairs
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