Michelle Lee resigned yesterday as the Director of the USPTO, effective immediately.  Ms. Lee’s resignation follows months of uncertainty regarding USPTO leadership during which time high-tech giants and politicians alike expressed much support for Ms. Lee to remain as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director under the Trump administration.  Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross named USPTO Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal as interim Director until Ms. Lee’s successor is named.  Former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader; Philip Johnson, a SVP for IP Policy & Strategy at Johnson & Johnson; and Michael McKeon, a partner at Fish & Richardson have all expressed recent interest in leading the USPTO and have been rumored to have interviewed with Secretary Ross to replace Ms. Lee.