The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has appointed a new general counsel: Sarah Harris, AOL Inc.’s deputy general counsel for intellectual property. She is the second person from the high-tech and software industry to fill a leadership spot at the agency.

Harris will fill the post previously occupied by Bernard Knight, who left the GC job last August when he returned to private practice. She will start at the PTO on April 21, an agency spokesman said.

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