Lori Lee, Associate

A curious, detail-oriented IP lawyer with a chemical engineering background

Lori is an engineer-turned-lawyer with the ideal blend of legal savvy, technical experience and people skills that clients look for in a patent attorney. She began at Patterson + Sheridan as a summer associate, drafting office actions for patent applications related to solid state drive and hard drive technology.

Before joining the firm, Lori began her career as a chemical engineer for industrial water and specialty chemical treatment companies where she worked alongside chemists in the lab and helped them test new patentable chemistries in the field. This experience allowed Lori to better understand the inventor's perspective in intellectual property law, and it instilled in her the importance of details and definitions in patent drafting: strategic word choice can be the difference between one rejection and three.

Prioritizing communication, strategy and teamwork to protect innovation

While in law school, Lori completed an externship with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where she worked alongside a patent examiner and learned the back end of the prosecution process. She also interned with an appellate court judge and was a member of both the Houston Intellectual Property Association and the Nancy Atlas Inn of Court. As a law student, she helped local small business clients file trademark applications through the Randall Sorels Trademark Clinic.

For Lori, client service is about communication first and foremost. As a full-time engineer, she often heard R&D personnel express misgivings about retaining control when involving the legal department. That's why she aims to keep clients informed at every stage and incorporate inventor feedback into the process — it's a team effort.

When she's not diving into client work, Lori loves exploring the ocean's depths. She and her brother have been advanced scuba certified for 15 years and have completed cavern dives, wreck dives and reef dives in Florida, Greece, Indonesia and beyond.

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2021
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (pending)

Professional Affiliations

  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA)