Mr. Lee is a Monitor of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He handles the full spectrum of intellectual property work. His practice covers both non-contentious and contentious work in the areas of trade mark, copyright, patent and design. Mr. Lee advises clients on licensing and technology transfer arrangements, regulatory and advertising related issues, data protection and trade secrets, custom recordation and seizure, and intellectual property portfolio management and audit. He likewise handles the protection of domain names, plant varieties, and integrated circuit layout designs.
Mr. Lee has been involved in the prosecution of patent applications and enforcement of patent and design rights. He has argued before trial and appellate courts, including various administrative agencies such as the Intellectual Property Office.
He is a regular contributor of articles on intellectual property rights protection and enforcement to various local and international publications. He has written the Philippine chapters of the following international publications:
- Asia Pacific Trademark Guide (DLA Piper, 2018 – 2019 eds.)
- Practice Guide – Patent Litigation (Chambers and Partners, 2019 ed.; co-author)
- Practice Guide – Trade Marks (Chambers and Partners, 2019 ed.; co-author)
- Dennis Campbell, Ed., International Franchising (Juris Publishing Inc. and Center for International Legal Studies, 2017 ed.; co-author)
As early as 2013, Mr. Lee was recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific as one of the Leading Lawyers in the field of intellectual property where he was described as “the strategist in the team”. Since 2016, he has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as a leading patent professional in the Philippines. He was described as “highly experienced, intimately familiar with the law and always practical in his recommendations”. He is also identified by Managing IP, a part of Euromoney Legal Media Group, as an Intellectual Property Star. He was described as having “extensive knowledge of trade marks and provided practical solutions to problems”.
He was a recommended lawyer for the practice area of Intellectual Property in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for 2020 and 2021.
Mr. Lee is a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines. He is currently a member of the Patents Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and formerly a member of its Designs Committee.
Mr. Lee graduated among the top five students of his graduating class. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2004 and is a member of the Manila IV Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.