“Did Serco disrupt the Patent Office for an Amtrak crash with ChIPs?”
ChIPs Hall of Fame 2017 | Michelle K. Lee
“Serco Processes 2 Millionth Patent Application for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
March 19, 2013 RESTON, VIRGINIA – March 18, 2013 – Serco Inc., a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services to the federal government, announced today that their Pre-Grant Publication (PGPubs) Classification Services team recently processed their 2 millionth patent application for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Each application was also processed within the contractually required 28-day window.”
“Ex-PTO Chief Michelle Lee Talks Next Steps, Disruptive Tech and What’s New in Silicon Valley
Lee will teach a course at Stanford Law that explores how IP laws and government policies shape innovation.
By Scott Graham | UPDATEDOct 10, 2017 at 09:53 PM
Michelle Lee is back in the technology law mix.
The former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has accepted a visiting professor role at Stanford University, where she’ll teach a class next winter on disruptive technologies. She plans to explore how IP laws and government policies will shape everything from driverless cars to artificial intelligence to personalized medicine and gene splicing.
Lee was in charge of patents at Google before serving five years at the PTO, including the last 2 1/2 as its first woman director. “I’ve witnessed a lot of incredible developments, and I have a general interest in considering what the future of our world looks like,” she said in her first interview since stepping down from the agency.
… A co-founder of the ChIPs network, Lee said she continues to work on supporting opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math. Companies leading the way on innovation “need talented, skilled individuals to fill high-paying jobs, and we currently don’t have enough people to fill them,” she said. “So it’s really in my opinion, an economic imperative, as well as a social imperative.”
“Rail experts ask why new track in Washington state Amtrak crash did not have speed control system
An Amtrak train on a new rail route derailed off a bridge in Washington state. At least three people were killed
by Matt Pearce and Ralph Vartabedian Contact Reporters
After a speeding Amtrak train derailed during its first trip on a new rail line — on the heels of two deadly passenger rail crashes blamed on high speed since 2015 — safety experts on Tuesday asked why the train did not have the latest automated control system.
The train was traveling 80 mph in a 30-mph zone on a newly opened $181-million segment of track south of Seattle, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Train cars spilled onto busy Interstate 5 and killed three train passengers.
The new 14.5-mile bypass, developed by the local government agency Sound Transit, was designed to allow the train to travel at faster speeds by avoiding cargo traffic.
But the passage was not yet equipped with what is known as a “positive train control system.” Such systems automatically slow down trains when they are approaching curves too quickly or headed toward a collision with another train.”
“Distributed positive train control system
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“A system for controlling train movement uses a distributed architecture. Wayside controllers receive signals from individual trains, including position information derived from a navigation system. The wayside controllers interface with a central train control network, and coordinate local train movement including the issuance of incremental authorities.”
“USPTO Director Michelle Lee Resigns
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
June 6, 2017
Earlier today, shortly after 4pm ET, Michelle Lee sent an e-mail (see below) to employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) notifying recipients that she had submitted a letter of resignation.
There is no word at this hour about who will replace Lee, or whether her resignation will take place effective immediately, although the e-mail sent to USPTO employees does seem to suggest that Lee’s time at the USPTO is over.
Former Chief Financial Officer Anthony Scardino has been filling the role of Acting Deputy Director of the USPTO for several months. Although no confirmation has been received from the Communications Department of the Patent Office it would seem logical to assume he would become Acting Director or the USPTO once Lee’s resignation is effective.
Lee’s e-mail to employees of the USPTO, sent with the subject “Farewell,” reads as follows:
This afternoon, I submitted my letter of resignation from my position as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
It has been a tremendous honor to serve our country for the past several years, first as Director of the Silicon Valley office, then as Deputy Director of the USPTO, and finally as Director of the USPTO. I am tremendously proud of all that we have accomplished together, and appreciate all of your support and dedication during my tenure.
It is no exaggeration to say that the employees of the USPTO rival the best employees of any government agency or private company. The USPTO truly is a “best place to work”– because of you.
I am confident that the leadership team in place will serve you well during this transition. In the meantime, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors at the USPTO.
With affection and deep gratitude,
Currently, there are few details which would help us understand why Lee resigned, including why she resigned at this time. The Washington Post reported that a USPTO spokesperson has confirmed that Lee submitted a letter of resignation, but would give no additional comment.
The employment status of Michelle Lee has been murky ever since the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President. In the days just prior to Trump’s inauguration, reports broke that Lee was either refusing to resign as USPTO director or was attempting to revoke a letter of resignation handed in to former-President Barack Obama. On January 19th, the day before the Trump inauguration, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said that Lee would stay on as director under Trump in an address to tech industry representatives gathered in Washington. On the day of Trump’s inauguration, Lee was listed as USPTO director on the USPTO’s website while that same position of USPTO director was listed as vacant on the Department of Commerce’s website.
Getting a clear answer from the USPTO on the employment status of Michelle Lee has not been simple. Both the USPTO and the Department of Commerce had declined to speak on the record about Lee’s status through the middle of February. The whole time, Lee’s signature continued to be seen on issued patents and other official documents coming out of the USPTO. On March 10th, the USPTO responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Lee’s employment status, finally confirming that she was indeed remaining on as director. By late March, news had broken that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had interviewed candidates to replace Lee as USPTO director. [Ross was Serco‘s former investment banker at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd.]”
“SERCO: ‘The biggest company you’ve never heard of’
JULY 7, 2013 BY 21WIRE
21st Century Wire says…
As politicians asset-strip the public’s portfolio of properties, infrastructure and services, one multinational corporation has grown as a result – and its scope and reach may shock many people who have not been paying attention.
All around the globe, our governments are busy outsourcing public-sector services like health, education, police, prisons, money delivery and military – to the esteemed private sector. It’s sold to the public as a solution to avoiding higher taxes, while retaining better services. But it’s simply an accountancy shell game, where the government kicks the can down the road by spreading the bill to the taxpayer over a longer period of time, in order to avoid any large upfront payments – all the while, allowing a private corporation to extend its influence over society. This, by definition, is fascism.
They are called SERCO, and they run countries…
As well as thanking God for his success, CEO Chris Hyman is a Pentecostal Christian who has released a gospel album in America and fasts every Tuesday. Coincidentally he was in the World Trade Centre on 9/11 on the 47th floor addressing shareholders [including representatives of the three underwriters of the SBA 8(a) debenture and liquidation programs – JPMorgan Chase & Co., Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs – AXA (Henri de Castries?), the British and Saudi Arabian governments and the Teachers’ pension fund (TIAA)].