Cheryl Milone - Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Partner - Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Cheryl Milone advises clients on IP strategies, including IP portfolio development and strategic and competitive analysis of IP assets. Andrew Head, president, A&P Technology, stated that with the team at Lee & Hayes (L&H), Ms Milone “is bringing her focus on patent quality to drive IP legal and operational excellence. She is assisting in building IP processes and a systematic approach to increase efficiency and value. L&H IP analytics also are being leveraged with the objective of building an ‘intelligent’ patent portfolio. With [Ms Milone] and L&H, we are achieving a best-in-class level of IP strategy and patent quality within an optimised budget. We view [Ms Milone] as a partner in our success”.

Ms Milone recently joined L&H as the culmination of her career focused on patent quality. The IP industry is undergoing a historic correction of the patent system. Ms Milone founded her former company – Article One Partners (AOP) – based on a vision of improving patent quality, and Lewis Lee aligns with this vision. L&H innovates how IP law is practised. It builds on traditional practices by applying proprietary IP analytics to build ‘intelligent portfolios’ – where every IP asset has a business purpose supportive of the company’s IP strategy. IP analytics underpin the firm’s every work product, including claim level assessments to discover, analyse and optimise clients’ product portfolios within the competitive landscape.

Before joining L&H, Ms Milone served as the founder, CEO and chair of AOP. AOP crowdsources requests for patent research to its global community and is the world’s largest IP research community. Ms Milone was invited to the White House in 2010 as one of the top 50 most innovative CEOs in the United States.

Before AOP, Ms Milone practised as a patent attorney. She is an authority on patent quality and has been published across brand media. She is a named inventor on multiple US patents and pending applications. Her technical expertise includes electrical and mechanical inventions.


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Valuation

Firm details

Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Lee & Hayes, PLLC
601 West Riverside Avenue
Suite 1400
Spokane WA 99201
United States

Contact details

F: +1 509 323 8979


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