As reported in Politico, “USPTO press secretary Paul Fucito tells [Politico] that [PTO Director Michelle K.] Lee has been signing [patent] certificates since Inauguration Day. That function by law is handled by the director, but Fucito declined to clarify Lee’s status at the agency.”
Lee Move to a Different Agency? Rep. Darrell Issa is quoted by Politico as saying that he “expect[s] that her being held over allows for an orderly transition should they find another place for her in the administration[.]”
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