Shi (Michelle) Liu, Ph.D.



Michelle's practice is focused on patent procurement, licensing and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in electrical and chemical matters. Example areas of expertise include semiconductors, materials science, batteries, electronics, optoelectronics, medical devices, nanotechnology, polymers, organic chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Michelle has successfully drafted and prosecuted numerous patent applications of U.S. and international patent matters for clients ranging from small startups to large international corporations. She received a B.S. in Polymer Chemistry from Sichuan University (1992), a M.S. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Jilin University (1995), a second M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Northeastern University (1999), and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering/Nanotechnology from University of Washington (2003). Michelle holds a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law (2011).


University of Washington School of Law
J.D. 2011

University of Washington
Materials Science & Engineering/Nanotechnology
Ph.D. 2003

Northeastern University
Organic Chemistry
M.S. 1999

Jilin University
Polymer Chemistry & Physics
M.S. 1995

Sichuan University
Polymer Chemistry
B.S. 1992


Michelle’s background includes nearly a decade of experience as an associate attorney at several IP boutique firms across the U.S., including Seattle, WA, Garden City, NY, and Alexandria, VA. Prior to practicing law, Michelle worked as a researcher in both academic and industrial labs responsible for developing cutting-edge functional materials for organic light-emitting diodes and photovoltaics.

Michelle has written or co-written numerous research articles that were published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at many science-based industry conferences.

Michelle is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Michelle is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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