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Yvonne S. Lee

Senior Associate

Lee, Yvonne

Yvonne Lee's practice focuses on the litigation and prosecution of patent matters involving various technologies, such as computer software and hardware, mobile devices, wireless communications, computer graphics, networked and distributed systems, power converters, mechanical devices and cybersecurity.

Ms. Lee has represented clients in patent infringement litigation in the United States federal courts. Her recent experience includes being part of teams that:

  • obtained summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of patents relating to wireless transmission technology; and
  • obtained a favorable settlement in a multi-defendant patent litigation in Eastern District of Texas.

With respect to patent prosecution, Ms. Lee has written and prosecuted applications in a wide range of technology areas, including distance learning, mobile analytics, copy data management, mobile network virtualization, cybersecurity systems, gear systems, fitness devices and lighting systems. Ms. Lee has also participated in inter partes review proceedings relating to financial services, computer graphics and data compression.  

Past Experience

During law school, Ms. Lee served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also clerked at an intellectual property advisory firm in Berkeley, California, where she assisted with valuation and assessment of IP assets.

Prior to law school, Ms. Lee worked as a consultant for the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Southern California's Integrated Media Systems Center. In that role, she developed programs that improved the signal-to-noise ratio in frequency modulations and allowed for azimuth- and height-panning by MIDI control over multiple output channels. She also designed and implemented programs for performance at WGBH Studios in Boston, REDCAT at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and the National Arts Centre and Banff Centre in Canada.

Ms. Lee earned her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego. Her undergraduate research focused on error correction coding and convolutional decoding algorithms.

From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Lee performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She maintained a private studio with students who were prizewinners in various competitions, including the top prizewinner in the Chopin International Piano Competition in the Czech Republic.

Publications & News

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July 31, 2015

US Patent Office Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Patentable Subject Matter

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued updated guidance on subject-matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101, intended to “assist examiners in applying the 2014 Interim Patent Eligibility Guidance during the patent examination process.”1 Below, we provide a brief summary of the updated guidance, which includes a “July 2015 Update,” three appendices and a Quick Reference sheet.

Professional Activities

Ms. Lee is admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association and Boston Patent Law Association.

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Education

JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2013, Senior Articles Editor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal

Graduate Diploma, Piano Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 2006

MM, Piano Performance, New England Conservatory of Music, 2005

BS, Electrical Engineering, cum laude, University of California at San Diego, 2003

BA, Music, University of California at San Diego, 2003

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Languages

Chinese (Mandarin)

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