Lisa M. Brownlee is presently in private consulting practice. In addition to this treatise, she authored and regularly updates Assets & Finance: Audits and Valuation of Intellectual Property, Internal Controls, Materiality, and Investment with West, and Federal Acquisition Regulations: Intellectual Property and Related Rights with Law Journal Press, a division of ALM. She also presents live CLEs for West and for its related company, Federal Publications.
Ms. Brownlee earned her B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1983, an M.A. degree in English in 1986 from the University of Washington, and her J.D. degree from the Seattle University School of Law, where she was lead articles editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation, Ms. Brownlee associated with one of the top three Seattle firms, where she developed expertise in international intellectual property and computer law, and advised on international trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection and enforcement.
In 1993 Ms. Brownlee was awarded a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law in Munich. In 1994, she relocated to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she associated with one of the major Dutch law firms (now dissolved) and commenced writing this treatise. She founded, developed, and managed the firm's intellectual property due diligence practice, assisting the corporate finance/M&A department, and managed all aspects of legal due diligence. She also founded, developed, and managed the firm's international Internet/e-commerce law practice. As account manager, Ms. Brownlee managed the firm-wide service of multinational computer, e-commerce, merchandising, entertainment, and financial industry clients. She has experience advising on all aspects of European e-operations, including e-sales and distribution and best e-practices. In addition, Ms. Brownlee has developed and negotiated a full range of computer hardware, software, and Internet contracts, including license/shrink-wrap, and click-through agreements, ASP agreements, online communications policies, distribution, and VAR agreements. Another important aspect of her practice was advising on Benelux, European and international trademark protection and enforcement, and on international registration, management, and protection of domain names. She also advised on complex patent licensing and dispute matters.
In 2001, Ms. Brownlee became of counsel to Morrison Foerster, LLP in their Brussels office. In 2003, she completed a sabbatical in Belize, where she consulted on implementation of new intellectual property laws in accordance with GATT TRIPs, with the firm of Glenn D. Godfrey & Company, the findings of which were published in the Trademark Reporter.
Ms. Brownlee has served on numerous international professional association editorial, advisory, and directorial boards, including the board of directors of the Computer Law Association, the BNA E-Commerce Law Report Advisory Board, and the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter.