Former Google attorney is the head of the US Patent Office’s Silicon Valley branch

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Back in July the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would be opening three new branches — and former Google attorney Michelle K. Lee is heading up the Silicon Valley office. Google’s former deputy general counsel and head of patent strategy, Lee spent nine years with the company before leaving earlier this year. According to Reuters, Lee confirmed she had accepted the position during a conference today at Santa Clara University.

Lee officially started her new position on November 5th, but prior to that had been serving on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee — a group focused on evaluating the office’s performance and policies. During her time at Google, she frequently voiced concerns about the…

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