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.


Mark Chandler

Retired | Executive Vice President

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer