This Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 9:00 am the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) is hosting a roundtable discussion with the PTO’s new Director, Michelle Lee.  Here is how IPLAC describes the roundtable:

Director Lee is the first woman to serve as head of the patent system in its 225 year history, and also served as the first head of patents and patent strategy for Google.  Director Lee will discuss several key initiatives of the USPTO and its almost 13,000 employees, including the Patent Quality Initiative aimed at enhancing patent examination and the quality of issued patents. As a principal advisor to President Obama on intellectual property matters, she will also discuss current proposals for patent reform legislation pending or under consideration in Congress, and more generally, the role of patents and other forms of intellectual property in driving innovation.

Director Lee looks forward to hearing your perspectives on these issues, as well as other ways in which the USPTO and the Administration can help promote innovation and the success of its user community.  Please come ready to share your ideas.

Click here to register for this free event, but the deadline to register is tomorrow, April 14, 2015 at noon CT.  The event will be at the University Club, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago.

This promises to be an excellent event.