• Michael H. Lee represents high-tech companies in patent litigation, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He assists patent holders seeking to enforce their patent rights and defends clients against allegations of infringement across a variety of technologies, including computer software, network infrastructure, computer security and wireless networks.

    Michael has served on a number of trial teams that have secured favorable jury verdicts for clients in the network security space. As a key member of the litigation team in the first virtual federal trial in the United States, he represented Centripetal Networks Inc. in an eight-week bench trial in the Eastern District of Virginia in which the court found that Cisco Systems had willfully and egregiously infringed four patents owned by the client and awarded the largest patent verdict ever — more than $2.5 billion in past damages and future royalty payments based on sales of the infringing products.

    Michael brings more than 10 years of practical engineering experience in the computer industry to his work on behalf of clients, including working while in law school at a Palo Alto-based multinational information technology company, where he was responsible for a wide range of engineering projects, from developing enterprise servers to implementing new e-commerce systems.

    Michael is a member of the firm’s Attorneys of Color Affinity Group.


    • Part of the trial team that obtained more than $2.5 billion in damages, the largest patent verdict to date, on behalf of client Centripetal Networks, in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    • Obtained successful jury verdicts in multiple patent infringement cases involving network security in the Northern District of California.

    • Obtained a successful jury verdict in a patent infringement case involving network security in the District of Delaware.

    • Successfully defended multiple patents involving security software through the conclusion of hearings in inter partes review before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    • Successfully invalidated a patent involving geolocation software through appeal before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.



    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008
    • M.S. Engineering Mgmt., Santa Clara University, 2006
    • B.S., Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1998

    Bar Admissions

    • California, 2009
    • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

    Court Admissions

    • U.S.C.A., Federal Circuit
    • U.S.D.C., Northern District of California
    • U.S.D.C., Central District of California
    • U.S.D.C., Southern District of California
    • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of California