Dr. Li previously worked as an intellectual property attorney for IBM, where he worked on procuring patents in semiconductor manufacturing, including semiconductor processing, lithographic mask design and software. He has experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, including non-disclosure and joint study agreements. He also has experience in copyright issues, particularly related to software. Dr. Li received his J.D. from Pace University Law School in 2002. He is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to bar in New York State and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Li received a B.A. in Natural Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1972, an M.S. in Geophysics from Boston College in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Pennsylvania State University in 1980. From 1980-1987, Dr. Li was a research scientist at Teledyne Geotech, Garland, Texas, performing research related to heat flow analysis in the context of geothermal exploration, and multichannel analysis of seismic signals for the detection of seismic sources. In 1987, Dr. Li joined IBM and worked on tuning petroleum reservoir simulation applications for IBM high performance computers until he joined IBM's intellectual property department in 2000.
Located in Kingston, New York in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Dr. Li also plays the saxophone and tap dances.