Michelle Lee resigns from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

She had made significant inroads in reducing abusive litigations by “patent trolls”.

On Tuesday, a spokesman from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stated that its Director, Michelle Lee, who won lavish praise from tech companies for taking steps to minimise abusive patent litigations, has resigned from her position.

Lee had joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 and in 2013 she had become its interim director. In 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama nominated her as its director.

A few patent licensing companies had opposed Lee, an in-house lawyer for Alphabet’s Google, during her nomination process as Director.

The Trump Administration has merged the Patent and Trademark Office with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which now reviews all patent applications and trademarks.

Significantly, the agency is empowered to cancel patents it had formerly issued.

Earlier in April, more than fifty companies, including Cisco Systems Inc and Facebook, had sent letters to President Donald Trump as well as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to retain Lee.

Lee was a favourite among tech industries.

Lee made significant inroads in decreasing abusive litigations by “patent trolls”.

The Trump administration is yet to decide on a nominee for the position, which will require a Senate confirmation.

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