Wednesday, June 07, 2017

USPTO's Michelle Lee has resigned

Michelle Lee has resigned. Fortune wrote:

Lee has been viewed favorably by the technology industry for ushering in more stringent standards for software patents. More than 50 companies, including Facebook Inc and Cisco Systems, sent a letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in April urging them to retain Lee as director of the patent office.
The companies said in the letter that Lee's efforts at the patent office had led to a decrease in abusive litigation filed by so-called "patent trolls."The Trump administration has yet to put forth a nominee for the position, which required Senate confirmation


Ned Heller wrote unfavorably of Lee at patentlyo:

1. Slow-walking Alice/Mayo shows me that she [Lee] is committed to issuing patents that violate 101. It is JOB #1 to adopt conservative positions on patent law issues that the cases can be bubbled up to the courts for decision. But slow walking Alice/Mayo, Lee is violating the public trust and taking the LAW into her own hands. Just for this, she should be fired, and pronto.

2. She didn’t do scratch about the PTAB — she cooked the books instead. How she cooked the books has been ably described over at Gene’s site.

All told, Lee did nothing to rock the boat vis-a-vis the PTO’s “clients.” That’s right, the people who lobby the PTO to further their own private interests at the expense of the public interest. For that too, she should be fired.


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