Statement of Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler on Nomination of Michelle K. Lee as Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
On behalf of Cisco, let me congratulate President Obama on nominating Michelle Lee to be Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Over the past year as Deputy Director, Michelle Lee has demonstrated that she has what it takes to oversee the Patent and Trademark Office. She’s already taken needed steps to cut the patent backlog, improve post-grant review and improve the examination process. Once confirmed, she will ensure that the PTO continues to drive American innovation and is a place where all can turn for a fair hearing. It is my hope that the Senate will confirm her nomination as quickly as possible.