Michelle M. LeCointe

Michelle LeCointeは、医薬品、生物製剤、医療機器、二次電池を中心とした幅広い技術分野において、米国および国際的なIP戦略、特許調達、IP契約を中心に活動しています。また、企業のIPデューデリジェンス、米国および国際的な付与後の異議申し立て手続き、非侵害および無効性に関する意見書、および特許訴訟においても豊富な経験を有しています。


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 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