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Patent Chief: Oil and Gas Companies Big and Small Need Help Protecting Their Intellectual Property

Michelle K. Lee is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency that oversees issuing patents for ideas and inventions. And it’s in charge of registering trademarks. Lee spoke last week (March 11, 2016) with researchers at the University of Houston along with […]

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Michelle K. Lee is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency that oversees issuing patents for ideas and inventions. And it's in charge of registering trademarks.

Lee spoke last week (March 11, 2016) with researchers at the University of Houston along with entrepreneurs in the community and paid a visit to NASA.

While she was in town, Michael Hagerty spoke with her about the challenges her office faces in the world of digital communication and global trade and about Houston's uniqueness in the world of intellectual property as the home of so many oil and gas, petrochemical and engineering firms.

(Above: Michelle K. Lee, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office speaks at an event at the University of Houston on Friday, March 11, 2016. Image Courtesy: UH Division of Research)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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