Lian Huang advises startups and established companies on building robust patent portfolios that deliberately position companies for taking products to market, mergers, acquisitions, and investment opportunities. She works extensively with in-house counsel in providing patent strategy that advances business interests. She provides holistic patent strategy, whether preparing and prosecuting patent applications, identifying patenting opportunities, conducting due diligence investigations and freedom-to-operate analyses, or counseling with regard to competitor activity, including assessing competitive commercial and patent landscapes and providing patentability, validity, noninfringement, and clearance opinions. Lian has significant experience working with corporate counsel and engineers of Fortune 500 companies and startups to advance client goals in a range of technologies and markets.

Lian’s technical experience spans a variety of technologies, including an expertise in software and telecommunications technologies. She has particular experience with inventions involving medical imaging, image analysis, healthcare IT, cloud computing, mobile device applications, data mining, social networking, search heuristics, content distribution, media editing, authentication, messaging, user interfaces (UI), and navigational tools.

Lian joined Bookoff McAndrews after practicing at an international IP law firm. Prior to practicing law, Lian worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where she reviewed patent applications covering medical device technologies, including surgical instruments, such as stents, stent delivery devices, endoscopic devices, laparoscopic devices, embolic devices, valves, obesity treatment systems, surgical clamps, surgical clips and sutures, cutters, lancets, and occlusion devices.

Lian is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


  • Currently advising several start-up software companies on all aspects of their IP strategies.
  • Worked directly with engineers and in-house counsel of Fortune 500 telecommunications and information technology companies for patent harvesting, application drafting, and prosecution strategy for patent applications.
  • Interned twice at the Industrial Research Technology Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan, where she lectured on U.S. patent practices. ITRI is a research and development organization credited with transforming Taiwan’s economy into a high-tech industry.
  • Worked at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland in Dublin to facilitate accessibility to legal sources via the Irish Statute Book database.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Duke University, B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Dual Major, 2007


  • Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Emerging Technologies Committee, 2018-Present
  • DC-Bar, Intellectual Property Law Steering Committee, 2017-2020
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association, D.C. Chapter (APABA-DC), Vice President of Communications, 2016-2018
  • APABA-DC, Board of Directors, 2014-2016
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member

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