Industry moves and mergers

Danny Marti, managing partner in the Washington DC office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has been confirmed by the US Senate as the new IP czar, with a unanimous bipartisan vote of 92 to 0. The Senate also confirmed Michelle Lee as director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Meanwhile, Russell Slifer has been appointed as the next deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the USPTO. Slifer previously served as the director of the USPTO’s regional office in Denver.

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