Appointment of Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
The chief steward of America's patent system is the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Director "is the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, and to the Administration on all intellectual property policy matters and the chief executive of the USPTO."1 Recently, Director Michelle Lee, who held that post since March 13, 2015, resigned.
Now, the Administration must appoint a new Director. LES urges the Administration to do so promptly. The US patent system is a potent economic engine. It stimulates a disproportionate amount of new business formation, job growth, and investment.
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