Margaret Peterlin, deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said this week that she will be leaving the USPTO in August with plans to pursue employment in the private sector.
 
US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez appointed Peterlin as deputy under secretary in early 2007 (see BTW, 6/4/2007).
 

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