Of Counsel

Michelle M. LeCointe

Michelle LeCointe's practice centers on U.S. and international IP strategies and patent procurement as well as IP agreements for a broad array of technologies, with a focus on pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and rechargeable batteries. She also has substantial experience in corporate IP due diligence, U.S. and international post-grant contested proceedings, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and patent litigation.

Michelle received a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, in 1997. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, in 2000.

Michelle enjoys working with clients on all aspects of IP law.  She draws upon the breadth of her experience to provide clients with multiple options to fit their needs and to identify potential complications, with particular insight in areas that overlap with other legal fields. 

Michelle’s experience includes complex issues, such as protecting difficult and emerging technologies, managing high-value patent portfolios, drafting and negotiating platform license, joint venture, and research collaboration agreements, renegotiating agreements when business conditions have changed, conducting due diligence for substantial investments or IP purchases, providing valuation-oriented evaluations of the legal risks associated with a specific product, establishing freedom-to-operate, and conducting patentability analyses in crowded fields. 

For all matters, Michelle truly gets to know her clients and their businesses and technologies and brings her twenty years’ experience to bear to provide coordinated strategic advice and efficient results.   

Before joining Seed IP, Michelle worked as an associate attorney and then as of counsel at Baker Botts in Austin, Texas.  Prior to entering the legal field, Michelle conducted research in the Department of Immunology at Harvard Medical School, culminating in her thesis relating to the role of integrins in mucosal mast cell migration.

Columbia Law School

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

J.D. 2000


Harvard University

Biochemical Sciences

B.A. (magna cum laude) 1997

Michelle is admitted to the state bars of Washington, New York and Texas. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Michelle is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA), the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association, and Life Science Washington.


Co-Author - “Managing Innovation: Patent Basics for Biotechnology Counsel,” Biotechnology and the Law, 2nd Ed., American Bar Association, 2019

Battery Industry Conference - National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt) Conference, March 19-22,2018 (San Antonio), Michelle presented on her experiences prosecuting, asserting, and licensing lithium iron phosphate battery patents invented by Dr. John Goodenough

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