Former Google executive Michelle Lee has been tapped to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office until a permanent chief is named. Lee formerly served as the deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy at Google. The former search engine executive will run the agency until a new director is named. She’ll begin her new position in January. The agency is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and awards patents and registers trademarks.
Lee holds an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and law degree from Stanford Law School. Prior to her position at Google, Lee was a partner at the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP where she represented high technology companies on a range of legal matters. Lee is also a founder and current board member of ChIPs (Chief IP Counsels), an organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women in patent-related field