Gene Yee focuses his practice primarily on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, providing intellectual property strategy and counseling, and negotiating patent licenses with a technical emphasis in the biotechnological arts. His expertise includes experience in a variety of fields including molecular and cellular biology, nanotechnology, therapeutic oncology, immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, plant molecular biology, molecular diagnostics, and drug delivery systems.
While in law school, Gene served as an extern to the Honorable John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Before entering law school, Gene studied and worked as a researcher for 20 years. As a graduate student at MIT, he studied the molecular basis of cell adhesion during embryonic development in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute laboratory of Dr. Richard Hynes. Gene was an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow at UCSF, where he studied the role of proto-oncogenes in the regulation of the cell cycle with Dr. J. Michael Bishop, recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
During his years as a researcher, Gene co-authored multiple scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Gene worked as an intellectual property counsel for Life Technologies Corporation, a large biotechnology company, where he was responsible for patent procurement, litigation, diligence, and licensing issues related to products in the areas of gene expression, nucleic acid sequencing, and PCR systems. Prior to that, Gene was an associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew and Morrison & Foerster, where he focused his practice on biotechnology patent prosecution, litigation, opinion, and due diligence work.