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Lucy  Yang

Senior Attorney


University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
  • (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center)
Purdue University, M.S.
  • Organic Chemistry
Shanghai Normal University, China, B.S.
  • Chemistry

Prior Employment

  • Pfizer Inc., Senior Corporate Counsel, 2003-2012
  • Pharmacia & UpJohn, 1995-2003; Assistant General Counsel and Director, 2001-2003; Patent Attorney, 1995-2001
  • Eli Lilly and Company, Organic Chemist, 1990-1992
  • Ciba-Geigy, Associate Chemist, 1989-1990
  • Chemistry Department, Purdue University, Research and Teaching Assistant, 1987-1989

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • Chinese
  • Shanghainese

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

American Intellectual Property Law Association

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Ms. Yang has served for 17 years as an in-house counsel in the pharmaceutical industry and before that as a chemist for four years. She has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for inventions in small molecules, chemical processes, pharmaceutical formulations, novel methods of treatments, novel chemical forms and vaccines. 

  • Experience in conducting patentability, patent validity and freedom-to-operate opinions
  • Provides counsel regarding human and animal health inventions
  • Develops patent and product exclusivity strategies from discovery and development through clinic trials and product launches
  • Manages IP portfolio and product exclusivity life cycle
  • Experience in providing intellectual property support in Asia and Pacific countries, including China, working with independent patent firms and outside counsel


  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in the US and globally

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