Move Fast, Government, or Get Out of the Way
Friday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will discuss how the government is adapting to the rate and pace of technology by re-tooling the patent system, and aligning federal policy to fuel, not slow, innovation. Discover how these efforts help provide American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire.
The discussion will be opened with remarks from Michelle Lee, the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the White House nominee to Direct the US Patent and Trademark Office.
US Patent & Trademark Office
As Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, Michelle Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and serves a...Show the rest
As Deputy Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director, Michelle Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and serves as a principal advisor to the Administration on both domestic and international intellectual property matters. Through IP policies and programs, Ms. Lee promotes innovation domestically and drives international harmonization efforts in support of the Administration’s top economic priorities to increase economic growth.
Prior to public service, Ms. Lee represented a wide range of high technology start-up companies on intellectual property and other legal matters and served as Google’s first Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. The San Francisco Business Times and San Jose Business Journal recognized Ms. Lee as one of the top 100 most influential women in the Silicon Valley in 2013. Ms. Lee received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science both from M.I.T., and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Ms. Lee worked as a computer programmer at the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence Lab prior to law school.
US Secretary of Commerce
Obama Cabinet -- US Department of Commerce
Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on providing American bu...Show the rest
Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire.
Secretary Pritzker is a key member of President Obama’s economic team, with 27 years of private sector experience. Before joining the Obama Administration, Pritzker founded and ran five different businesses in the real estate, hospitality, senior living, and financial services industries.
Since taking office, she has worked closely with the business community and helped advance the President’s priorities of expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans. Guided by conversations with more than 1,500 CEOs and business leaders, and over one-third of the Fortune 500 CEOs, Secretary Pritzker has developed the “Open for Business Agenda.” This bold strategic plan and policy blueprint for the Commerce Department focuses on expanding trade and investment, unleashing government data for economic benefit, spurring innovation, protecting the environment—and executing these priorities with operational excellence as careful stewards of taxpayer dollars.
Secretary Pritzker earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.