Senior Associate

Shi (Michelle) Liu, Ph.D.

Michelle's practice is focused on patent procurement, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in electrical and chemical matters.

Examples of expertise include semiconductors, materials science, batteries, electronics, optoelectronics, medical devices, nanotechnology, polymers, organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Michelle has successfully drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications of U.S. and international patent matters for clients ranging from small startups to large global corporations.

She received a B.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Sichuan University (1992), an M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Jilin University (1995), a second M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Northeastern University (1999), and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering/Nanotechnology from University of Washington (2003). Michelle holds a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (2011).

Michelle’s background includes nearly a decade of experience as an associate attorney at several IP boutique firms across the U.S., including Seattle, WA, Garden City, NY, and Alexandria, VA. Before practicing law, Michelle worked as a researcher in academic and industrial labs responsible for developing cutting-edge functional materials for organic light-emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

Michelle has written or co-written numerous research articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at many science-based industry conferences. She is also is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

University of Washington School of Law - J.D. 2011
University of Washington - Materials Science & Engineering/Nanotechnology - Ph.D. 2003
Northeastern University - Organic Chemistry - M.S. 1999
Jilin University - Polymer Chemistry & Physics - M.S. 1995
Sichuan University - Polymer Chemistry - B.S. 1992

Michelle is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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