The daughter of an engineer, Lee said it wasn’t uncommon to see others in her neighborhood invent something, file a patent to secure more venture capital funding and then start a company. “Some of those companies succeeded and some of them didn’t. But the few that did really revolutionized the world and the way we live,” she said. “That was very exciting and I knew I always wanted to be a part of that.”. Lee, the first woman to lead the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, sat down with this newspaper to chat about diversity, her office’s priorities, the rise of patent infringement lawsuits and thinking globally. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
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