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Intellectual Ventures Hires Former Washington State First Lady Mona Locke

Intellectual Ventures has hired Mona Locke, a former journalist best known as Washington State’s former first lady, as its new senior vice president of corporate communications and marketing.

The hire was announced this morning by the controversial patent holding and technology firm, based in Bellevue, Wash., and led by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold.

Locke’s appointment promises to improve the company’s political savvy as its large patent holdings continue to attract legislative and industry scrutiny and criticism.

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