Michelle Lee

Director's Office
  • Herman Phleger Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director, US Patent & Trademark Office
  • Advisory Council Member

Michelle K. Lee is the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School where she teaches on disruptive technologies (artificial intelligence and driverless cars) and their impact on existing laws and regulations. Ms. Lee also served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. In this role, she was the chief executive of a 13,000 person agency with a budget of $3.4 billion and the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international intellectual property policy.  She is the first woman to serve as Director in the country’s 220+ year history, and is an advocate for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, math and computers.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Lee spent most of her career in technology, business and law. Ms. Lee was an executive at Google, serving as Deputy General Counsel, and a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West. Before this, Ms. Lee worked as a compu… View full description

Michelle K. Lee is the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School where she teaches on disruptive technologies (artificial intelligence and driverless cars) and their impact on existing laws and regulations. Ms. Lee also served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. In this role, she was the chief executive of a 13,000 person agency with a budget of $3.4 billion and the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international intellectual property policy.  She is the first woman to serve as Director in the country’s 220+ year history, and is an advocate for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, math and computers.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Ms. Lee spent most of her career in technology, business and law. Ms. Lee was an executive at Google, serving as Deputy General Counsel, and a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West. Before this, Ms. Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  Ms. Lee also serves as a board director for alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM).