Although scheduled to be the honored guest at a “Fireside Chat” at the AUTM Annual Meeting Sunday evening, Ms. Lee was a no show. Suddenly the picture on the Program Board was Katherine Ku, head of Tech Transfer at Stanford.
A source highly placed in AUTM told your editor that Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross had shut down all travel by USPTO officials until the Trump administration decides what their IP policy stance will be. Interestingly, Ms. Lee was described as “Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the [USPTO]”. Is the former “title” what she is operating under now and the “Director” title what she hopes is in the future? Your guess remains as good as mine.