Office of General Counsel
Michelle Chew Wong
Patent Attorney, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Michelle joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1998 as a Research Associate. In 2001, while in law school, she joined the Lab’s Patent Group as an Intern / Patent Analyst. Within a year, she passed the USPTO Patent Bar exam and became a Patent Agent, enabling her to prepare, file and prosecute patent applications for Berkeley Lab inventions. She has been a Patent Attorney for the Lab since 2004.
Michelle serves as lead patent counsel for the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a high-throughput genome sequencing and analysis facility dedicated to advance genomics in support of clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. She also works with Berkeley Lab’s Life Sciences, Physical Biosciences and Earth Sciences Divisions to prepare and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and chemistry. She also handles other intellectual property issues including potential infringement, FOIA requests, copyright and procurement. Michelle played a key role in developing and implementing the Lab’s revised approach to intellectual property rights assignment based on the outcome of the Supreme Court case Stanford v. Roche.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) and the University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D.). She is a member of the California bar and is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.