Former U.S. Patent Office Under Secretary Appointed to's Board

February 5, 2018

By Barbara Wenger

Michelle K. Lee, the former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)was appointed to the Board of Directors of Holdings, Inc. 

Lee, who is the current Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she teaches disruptive technologies and intellectual property, was the principle advisor to President Obama on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters when working for the patent officeShe is the first woman to serve as Director of USPTO in the country’s 220+ year history.

Prior to her government service, she spent most of her career in the Silicon Valley in technology, business and law, most recently as deputy general counsel for Google and its head of patents and patent strategy. She joined Google when it was relatively young, with domestic revenue only and a few products and services, helping the company grow into a multi-national Fortune 500 corporation with a wide range of products and services.

She is a member of The Committee of 100, an organization of Chinese Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in America.

She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her work including by Politico Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Visionaries in American Public Policy” in 2015, by Washingtonian Magazine as a “Tech Titan” in 2015, and by the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Business Journal as one of the top 100 most influential women in the Silicon Valley in 2013.