Lee V. 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, technology, and finance. Lee is presently Counsel for Intellectual Property Law & Strategy in the General Counsel's Organization at American Express.
At American Express, Lee advises business leaders on the strategic value of intellectual property. He also champions intellectual property among digitally-intensive business units, technologists, and fellow legal counsel. By aligning with key stakeholders, Lee identifies disruptive capabilities, strategically monetizes IP assets, manages defensive IP investments, and ensures freedom of operation for the company.
Lee is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). 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 a past Young Lawyer Fellow of the New York State Bar Association’s IP Law Section. Lee sits on the Diversity Council for the General Counsel's Organization at American Express.
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, a Certificate in Financial Analysis from New York University, and the CFA Institute Investment Foundations certificate. 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 interned at American Express. He also 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 included 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.
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
United States Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit