Lee Pham is an experienced global business leader with a distinct competency in intellectual property as a U.S. qualified patent attorney. He advises technology-intensive organizations on strategic decisions by leveraging multidisciplinary expertise in law, digital and finance. In his current role, Lee designs and implements strategies to derive value from patent assets which drive growth, avoid disruption and maximize returns on investment in digital innovation.
Lee is currently Counsel for Intellectual Property Law & Strategy at American Express. In this role, Lee drives intellectual property initiatives by championing IP among the senior leaders of digitally intensive businesses. He also advises business leaders on external partner initiatives, instructs outside patent counsel on prosecution activities and engages with innovators to direct strategic patent filing. By aligning with these key stakeholders, Lee collaboratively identifies disruptive capabilities, strategically monetizes IP assets, manages defensive IP investments and ensures freedom of operation for the company. The IP Law & Strategy Group is a part of the General Counsel's Organization at American Express.
Lee is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has represented AIPLA's Far East Practice Committee on international delegations to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Lee is also a member of the Council of Urban Professionals, and he is affiliated with the Executive Leadership Council as an ELC Institute Fellow. At American Express, Lee was a Champion for Diversity & Inclusion in the Finance Organization and now contributes to the Diversity Committee in the General Counsel's Organization.
Lee is a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University as well as a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University. Lee is an active alumnus of his law school as a Member of the Alumni Association's Executive Committee, an Appointee to the Dean's Council on Diversity & Inclusion and the Chair of the Black, Asian & Latino Alumni Group. While pursuing his Juris Doctor, Lee worked as a legal intern at American Express, was an International Legal Practice Intern at a Vietnamese law firm and participated in two overseas seminars: Introduction to Law in India and Comparative Corporate Governance at Oxford University. Lee's J.D. thesis addressed the intersection of patent policy and access to medicine in developing economies.
Lee's civic and community engagements have include voter protection, fundraising on behalf of charities and volunteering with the Patent Pro Bono Program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Additionally, he served as Treasurer on the National Executive Board for the National Society of Black Engineers. Lee is also a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Lee is on Twitter as @InventiveLee.
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United States Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York