Ex-USPTO chief Michelle Lee rejoins ChIPs board

Michelle Lee

ChIPs, the nonprofit corporation that advances women in technology, law and policy, announced that former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) director Michelle Lee has re-joined its board of directors.

The ChIPs board voted to approve Lee for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2018.

After stepping down from the USPTO in June, Lee began volunteering with ChIPs, the organization she helped found more than a decade ago when she was deputy general counsel at Google.

“I am honored and excited to rejoin the board of ChIPs, an organization I had the privilege of co-founding in 2005,” Lee said.

“Our mission was simple — to connect and promote the advancement of women in technology, law and policy with the goal of accelerating innovation at the confluence of these fields.

“The work of ChIPs is just as important today as it was when we founded the organization almost 13 years ago, and I am glad to be a part of this effort.”

ChIPs CEO Mallun Yen said: “We are delighted that Michelle is rejoining the board after five years serving our country and furthering innovation.

“She brings with her a unique global perspective and keen understanding of the critical intersectionality of cutting-edge technologies and governmental policy.”

Lee, the first woman to serve as the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the USPTO,  is currently the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Law at Stanford Law School, where she will teach a joint engineering and law course on disruptive technologies and their impact on laws and regulations as well as a course on intellectual property law.

ChIPs also announced that co-founder and board director Julie Mar-Spinola left its board, effective December 31, 2017, after more than a decade of service.

Mar-Spinola, a board chair emeritus, will remain involved in key ChIPs initiatives, such as development of student chapters.