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U.S. patent office appoints AOL lawyer to top general counsel job

By Pamela MacLean SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has appointed a top lawyer at AOL Inc as its general counsel, the agency confirmed Wednesday. Sarah Harris, AOL's deputy general counsel for intellectual property, will fill a post that has been empty since August 30, when the former general counsel, Bernard Knight, returned to private practice.