New deputy director at USPTO revealed


The US Department of Commerce has appointed a new deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

russell-slifer-m-s-jpg.JPGRussell Slifer has taken on the role after Michelle Lee, the former deputy director, was confirmed as the new director earlier this month. The position of director had been vacant for more than two years after David Kappos stepped down in January 2013.

Slifer (pictured left) previously worked as the director of the USPTO’s regional office in Denver. He has practised intellectual property law for 20 years. He also spent eight years as chief patent counsel for semiconductor company Micron Technology.

Confirming the appointment, US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker said: “Russell has an impressive track record of success across several disciplines and will be a tremendous asset to the USPTO.”

Slifer began his new role on March 25 and the USPTO said it will “work swiftly” to appoint a new director for the Denver office.

Patent, trademark, USPTO, Russell Slifer, Michelle Lee, Micron Technology

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