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Peter Lee

Professor of Law


A.B., magna cum laude History and Science, Harvard University 1998

J.D., Yale Law School 2005


Peter Lee teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, innovation, and technology transfer. His current scholarship explores the institutional context of innovation as well as the intersection of intellectual property law and academic science. His recent works have appeared in The Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, and other leading journals. Professor Lee has received numerous awards for his scholarly work, including the UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship, the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize, and inclusion in West/Thomson’s annual Intellectual Property Law Review. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School and speaks widely on intellectual property matters in the United States and abroad.

Professor Lee received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he studied the history and philosophy of science. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a member of The Yale Law Journal. Professor Lee joined the UC Davis faculty after clerking for Judge Barry G. Silverman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

At UC Davis, he teaches Patent Law, Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property and Development, Property, and a seminar on Innovation and Technology Transfer.

Subject Areas

Patent Law, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Property, Science and Technology Studies

Selected Career Highlights

  • UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow, 2012-17
  • 14th Annual Niro, Haller & Niro Distinguished Intellectual Property Lecturer
  • Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize (2011)
  • Patent Law and the Two Cultures reprinted in INTELL. PROP. L. REV. (2011)
  • Law Clerk for The Honorable Barry G. Silverman, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Phoenix, AZ, 2005-06
  • Schell Fellowship in International Human Rights
  • Senior Editor, The Yale Law Journal
  • New York City Urban Fellows Program, 1998-99

Selected Publications

The Supreme Assimilation of Patent Law, 114 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2016)

Centralization, Fragmentation, and Replication in the Genomic Data Commons, in GOVERNING MEDICAL RESEARCH COMMONS (Cambridge, forthcoming 2016)

The Supreme Court's Myriad Effects on Scientific Research: Definitional Fluidity and the Legal Construction of Nature, 5 U.C. IRVINE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2015) (symposium)

Social Innovation, 92 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1 (2014)

Design Patents: Law Without Design, 17 STANFORD TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW 277 (2013) (with Madhavi Sunder) (symposium)

Patents and the University, 63 DUKE LAW JOURNAL 1 (2013)

Transcending the Tacit Dimension: Patents, Relationships, and Organizational Integration in Technology Transfer, 100 CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 1503 (2012)

Antiformalism at the Federal Circuit: The Jurisprudence of Chief Judge Rader, 7 WASHINGTON JOURNAL OF LAW, TECHNOLOGY & ARTS 405 (2012) (invited)

The Accession Insight and Patent Infringement Remedies, 110 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 175 (2011) (winner, Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize)

Contracting to Preserve Open Science: Lessons for a Microbial Research Commons, in DESIGNING THE MICROBIAL RESEARCH COMMONS: PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP (National Academies Press, 2011)

Substantive Claim Construction as a Patent Scope Lever, 1 IP THEORY 100 (2011) (symposium)

Patent Law and the Two Cultures, 120 YALE LAW JOURNAL 2 (2010), reprinted in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW (2011)

Toward a Distributive Commons in Patent Law, 2009 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 917

Innovating Between and Within Technological Paradigms: A Response to Samuelson, 94 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW HEADNOTES 1 (2009)

Interface: The Push and Pull of Patents, 77 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 2225 (2009)

Contracting to Preserve Open Science: Consideration-Based Regulation in Patent Law, 58 EMORY LAW JOURNAL 889 (2009)

The Evolution of Intellectual Infrastructure, 83 WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW 39 (2008)

Inverting the Logic of Scientific Discovery: Applying Common Law Patentable Subject Matter Doctrine to Constrain Patents on Biotechnology Research Tools, 19 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & TECHNOLOGY 79 (2005)

Patents, Paradigm Shifts, and Progress in Biomedical Science, 114 YALE LAW JOURNAL 659 (2004)