Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
"Super-reliable and efficient prosecution guru"
IAM Patent 1000 2016


Named 2013 - 2017 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property


Michael Q. Lee

Mind + Muscle

Michael Q. Lee



Mr. Lee, a director in the Electronics Group, focuses his practice on working with companies to strategically protect and leverage their IP assets.  He has extensive experience protecting inventions in a diverse range of technologies, including RF and wireless communications; telecommunications; media servers; computer processor and memory architectures; and computer, internet and database software.  In one example, for a client in the RF/wireless space, Mr. Lee built a worldwide patent portfolio that currently includes 179 US patents, 84 foreign patents and over 50 pending US and foreign applications over the span of 15 years.

Mr. Lee counsels on a wide range of technology-related transactions, including joint development agreements, strategic alliances, license agreements, asset purchase agreements, contractor and services agreements, shrink wrap license agreements and manufacture/supply agreements.  He is a Certified Licensing ProfessionalTM.

Mr. Lee is counsel in 19 inter partes review (IPR) and 2 covered business method (CBM) review proceedings.  He has been the lead attorney in over 30 inter partes reexaminations. Mr. Lee has worked on numerous district court litigations.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Mr. Lee was employed as an engineer in the computer and communications industries. He developed and integrated hardware and software to test and verify satellite communication systems.

Mr. Lee has been named to IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2015; IAM 1000  – The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2014-2017; and IP Stars 2013-2017 (from Managing IP magazine). He was formerly President of the Certified Licensing Professionals Inc. and a Vice President of the Licensing Executives Society (USA/Canada). He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Mr. Lee is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. The book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice.

Mr. Lee has a JD from Georgetown law school (cum laude).  He has a M.S., electrical engineering, from the University of Maryland and a B.S., electrical engineering, from the University of Virginia (high honors).

Technical Publications

"The 2005 Patent Landscape for Electronics Companies,"Practising Law Institute Coursebook, March 2005, (co-author).

"Business method patents for financial products and services," IP Value 2005, January 2005, (co-author).

"Patenting Bioinformatics Inventions –Practical Considerations," Proceedings of the AIPLA 23rd Mid-Winter Institute, January 2000 (co-author).

"When Worlds Collide: Patents Grow at the Interface of Software and Biotechnology," Legal Times Special Report on Intellectual Property, April 1997 (co-author).

"Preparing and Prosecuting Electronic and Computer Related Patent Applications: Avoiding and Overcoming Statutory Subject Matter Rejections," IDEA, 1993 (co-author).

  • "Lexmark May Fundamentally Change Patent Licensing," Michael Q. Lee, Mark Fox Evens, and Krishan Thakker, Law360, December 2016
  • "Will High Court Take On Patent Exhaustion?" Michael Q. Lee and Krishan Thakker, IP Law360, October 2016
  • "15th Annual Independent Inventors Conference," Renee C. Quinn, IP Watchdog blog, December 2010
  • "After Quanta: Strategies for Obtaining Downstream Licensing Revenues," Michael Q. Lee, IAM Licensing 250, September 2010
  • “Commercializing Intellectual Property Through Licensing," Michael Q. Lee, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, August 2008
  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Pennsylvania

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
    • J.D., Georgetown University cum laude

    • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland

    • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia with high distinction


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