Lucy Yang is an intellectual property attorney with 17 years of experience as in-house counsel in the pharmaceutical industry and four years of experience as a chemist. 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


Practice Areas



Representative Matters

  • Drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in the U.S. and globally

Prior Experience

  • 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
  • Purdue University, Chemistry Department, Research and Teaching Assistant, 1987-1989

Additional Languages

  • Chinese
  • Shanghainese





Professional & Community Involvement

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

American Intellectual Property Law Association

News & Insights

Press Releases

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