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Dec. 1, 2015

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM): Interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee (part 2), by Richard Lloyd

This post originally appeared in Intellectual Asset Management on December 1, 2015.

Yesterday we ran the first part of our interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee. Today we’re publishing part two which covers the position of America’s patent system in the world, IP relations with China and the sense that recent developments mean that the small operator has effectively been excluded the patent market in the US.

Readers overseas and speakers at our conferences overseas often ask us what’s happening in the US and with the US patent system.  They see the changes in the case law, proposed legislation, new review procedures at the PTAB, and they see it as adding up to a weakening of patent rights. In light of all that how would you make the case that the US still has a world-class patent system?