The USPTO continues to move toward opening its full complement of four satellite offices in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and San Jose. Detroit is up and running with about ½ staff of 50 patent examiners and 10 administrative patent judges.
Today, the PTO announced that Google deputy GC Michelle Lee is taking on the role of Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lee has been a leader of the Silicon Valley patent bar for a number of years and is a current member of the USPTO's Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC).
This is another excellent hire by the USPTO.