Vice President, Patent Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies
Idris McKelvey leads the Estée Lauder Companies’ Patent Group, where he is responsible for designing and executing the company’s global patent strategy, supporting more than 30 luxury brands.
Idris joined the Estée Lauder Companies in 2010, primarily supporting the Aveda® brand’s technology programs. This role was expanded in 2014 to add responsibility for the brand’s corporate governance and general business matters. During that period, Idris led legal support for the company’s sustainable sourcing program, and related corporate citizenship programs. In July of 2018, Idris was promoted to Vice President and Lead Patent Counsel.
Idris has modernized the Patent Group’s IP operations, embracing technology to more effectively manage the patent portfolio, enable data analytics, and automate numerous tasks and workflows. The team has also employed a data-driven approach to process design improvements, matter management, and improved cross-functional communication and alignment.
Prior to Estée Lauder, Idris served as patent counsel for Procter and Gamble, managing global patent portfolios for brands including Pantene®, Head and Shoulders®, Herbal Essences®, Cascade®, and Dawn®.
Idris earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2005, and his B.S. in chemistry from Howard University in 2002. Away from work, Idris volunteers with the Long Island chapter of Girls Inc. and Jack and Jill of America. Idris resides in Huntington, NY with his wife, Monique, and two daughters, Nadia (10) and Zara (8).