Michelle Lee is a Senior Associate in Spruson & Ferguson’s Engineering & ICT team. Michelle is a Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney and a Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorney, having qualified for registration in 2016.
Michelle’s practice focuses on working with local and international clients in the preparation and prosecution of Australian and New Zealand patent and design applications. Michelle is also responsible for a large portfolio of local and foreign patent and design applications, in which she assists local clients with managing patent and design protection in important jurisdictions such as the United States, Europe, China, India, Japan, and Russia. Michelle has worked with clients on various aspects of patent and design practice, including patent drafting, patent and design prosecution, and advising on patentability, patent infringement / freedom to operate, validity, and contentious matters. Michelle’s experience encompasses a broad range of industries including biotechnology and medical devices, nuclear technology, automotive, agricultural equipment, building and construction, manufacturing and packaging processes, home appliances and consumer products.
Prior to joining Spruson & Ferguson, Michelle was working as a Mechanical Design Engineer for medical device consulting company, where she specialised in the development of implantable medical devices for both local and international clients, from the research, development and design stages, through to prototyping, testing, validation, and marketing. She has gained experience across a range of medical devices including artificial pacemakers and defibrillators, implantable stimulators and electrodes, cochlear implants, stents, catheters, surgical tools, surgical implants, and hospital equipment. Michelle has also worked in the field of fluid mechanics, where she was responsible for developing and testing intravenous flow control devices in consultation with medical professionals in the hospital environment. Michelle also volunteers for the Northern Sydney Local Health District and assists with patient recovery in neurosurgery wards.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Mechanical (Biomedical) Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney and a Master of Intellectual Property from the University of Technology Sydney. Michelle’s Honours research was focused on utilising tissue engineering processes to investigate the in vitro effects of vitamin D on the MCF-7 line of breast cancer cells.
Michelle is a member of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ).