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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Google Inc executive Michelle Lee has been named deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and will run the agency until a new director is named, the agency said on Wednesday.
Lee is a former deputy general counsel and head of patents and patent strategy at Google, the search engine giant.
Currently head of the U.S. patent office's Silicon Valley outpost, Lee begins her new job on January 13.
The USPTO has been without a director since David Kappos, a former International Business Machines Corp executive, departed on February 1 to return to private practice. Acting director Teresa Stanek Rea has also left the agency.
It was not known when a permanent director would be named for the USPTO, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and awards patents and registers trademarks.
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