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Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Professor of Law

Rm. 2097 King Hall
UC Davis
One Shields Ave

Davis , CA 95616
Office Phone: (530) 752-8973


  1. A.B., magna cum laude History and Science, Harvard University 1998
  2. J.D., Yale Law School 2005


Professor of Law

Peter Lee graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a member of The Yale Law Journal and a student director of the international human rights clinic. He joined the King Hall faculty after clerking for Judge Barry G. Silverman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he studied the history and philosophy of science. Professor Lee has continued to examine the intersection of science and society in his legal research, which explores the patent system's impact on scientific and technological progress. In a related vein, Professor Lee's work has also addressed the broader question of how intellectual property affects the creation and dissemination of ideas. Professor Lee's academic interests also include public international law, economic development, and globalization. He has pursued those interests in positions at the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Program, and the Korean Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Special Interests

Patent Law, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Property


Selected Career Highlights

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

Patent Law and the Two Cultures, 120 YALE LAW JOURNAL 2 (2010)

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 AND TECHNOLOGY 79 (2005)

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

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