Sandra Lee

Practice Group Co-Chair - Patent Prosecution (Firmwide) Partner

New York

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Sandra Lee is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Lee’s work is focused in the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device and consumer products areas.

Ms. Lee has a full spectrum practice that includes a broad range of client counseling and strategic portfolio development and management. She has been involved in supporting numerous post-grant proceedings, and she counsels clients in Orange Book and Hatch-Waxman related issues. Ms. Lee has also supported litigation matters from pre-suit investigation and continuing through trial.

Ms. Lee has vast experience with due diligence investigations on proposed transactions across a broad range of technologies, and assists her clients with IP-related agreements associated with technology transfers through acquisition or licensing opportunities. Ms. Lee also conducts freedom to operate and clearance investigations, validity/infringement assessments, and investigates inventorship disputes.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Lee spent six years in biomedical research in the Department of Anesthesia at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, investigating the interaction of opioids and benzodiazepines.

Related Experience

  • Biopharmaceutical companies – Representation of multinational, mid-size, and start-up biopharmaceutical companies in connection with strategic portfolio development; licensing; and IP diligence matters; advising on Inter partes review proceedings (as petitioner and patent holder); Orange Book and Hatch-Waxman litigation 
  • Consumer products companies – Strategic portfolio management in formulations, biotechnology, device and related hi-tech divisions; IP diligence associated with M&A matters; clearance assessments; opinion and pre-litigation assessments; advising on Inter partes review proceedings
  • Specialty products chemical manufacturers – Portfolio development; targeted diligence; and clearance assessments
  • University clients – Development of patent prosecution strategies; licensing negotiations and drafting; inventorship disputes
  • Chemical development and processing manufacturers – licensing negotiations; clearance assessments; mediation; appellate matters

Awards & Community

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, 2018 & 2019

Listed in International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2012

Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2012


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