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Bruce A. Lehman born September 19, 1945. From August 5, 1993 through 1998 he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. Nominated by President Clinton on April 23, 1993, and confirmed by Senate on August 5, 1993. In a short time he was able to force through huge changes in U.S law, bypassing both Congressional review and the law courts, due to the peculiarities of patent law.

Lehman was finally blocked when he tried to move control of the U.S. Copyright Office from the Library of Congress to his department.

He was accused of allegedly serving the large multi-national media companies from within the Patents and Trademarks Office.

He went to the University of Wisconsin, receiving a B.A in 1967 and a J.D in 1970.

He was named "Lawyer of the Year" 1994 by the National Law Journal.

In 1996 he servers as the head of the U.S. delegation to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the December 1996 Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions.

He also chairs the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights of the National Information Infrastructure Task Force.

He threatened to "destroy" James Boyle, a law professor at American University who is an expert in intellectual property, following the publication of an anti-whitepaper piece in the Washington Times criticising the "Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure" whitepaper, written by the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights.

Lehman was asked by the President on September 5, 1997, to serve on an interim basis as Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On June 16, 1997 he was named one of the 100 most influential men and women in Washington by the National Journal.

He has been legal counsel to:

He has also worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, as a partner at Swidler & Berlin (10 years), as an officer in the U.S. Army and is currently a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.

He currently President and CEO of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI),a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. And is President of the U.S. Committee for the WIPO.

He continues to fight against submarine patents.

See also: Software patents, Copyright

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