Bruce LehmanSeptember 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.
He was accused of allegedly serving the large multi-national media companies from within the Patents and Trademarks Office.
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.
He has been legal counsel to:
- the Wisconsin State Legislature
- U.S. House of Representatives (9 years)
- Committee on the Judiciary and Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice, in the drafting of the 1976 Copyright Act, the 1980 Computer Software Amendments, and 1982 amendments to the Patent Laws.
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.