Michelle Lee completed a Bachelor of Mechanical (Biomedical) Engineering with Honours from the University of Sydney. Her Honours thesis 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.
Prior to joining Spruson & Ferguson in 2014, Michelle was working as a Mechanical Design Engineer for EIM Medical Consulting, where she specialised in the product 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, 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.
As a Patent Attorney, Michelle works with local and international clients in prosecuting Australian and New Zealand patent and design applications. Michelle is also responsible for a large portfolio of foreign patent and design applications, in which she assists clients in obtaining patent and design protection in important jurisdictions such as the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore and India. She also works with clients on various aspects of Australian patent practice including managing IP strategies, patent drafting, prosecution, patentability / validity opinions, and freedom to operate advice across a broad range of industries including biotechnology and medical devices, nuclear technology, automotive, building and construction, manufacturing and packaging processes, and consumer products.
Michelle is a qualified Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney as well as a qualified Australian Trade Mark Attorney.