Lee arrived at Google in 2003, before its IPO, after spending seven years at Fenwick & West advising high-tech companies on IP and patent matters.
Under Lee, Google's patent department has grown from a handful of people to a team of about 70 as its portfolio of patents went from a few to thousands. Lee has been credited with a key role in strategic patent acquisitions, such as Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its patent assets in August.
"I was privileged to have spent nine amazing years at Google, during a time of tremendous growth for the company," Lee said Thursday, "and to have led the company on some of the most interesting patent issues of our time, with an incredible team." She declined to detail her career plans.
Lee's role changed in January when Google hired Allen Lo, a former associate counsel at Juniper Networks Inc., as deputy general counsel in charge of patent litigation and patent acquisitions. Lee was named Google's head of patents and patent strategy.
Lee had also been Google's public voice on patent reform, whether it was working with government agencies or filing amicus curiae briefs. Last year, Lee was named to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Public Advisory Committee.
Jul 2, 2012 - 5:30PM PT
Silicon Valley gets a patent office — but who will work there?
By Jeff John Roberts
The US Patent Office announced it’s moving operations closer to America’s innovation centers by opening new satellite offices in Dallas, Denver and San Jose. Here’s a Q&A of what this means and why the new offices may face a staffing shortage.