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Biography

Wei Zhu works closely with domestic and foreign clients to manage their intellectual property portfolios in a variety of technical fields, including mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, neuroscience, medical devices, machine learning, databases, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, material science, and clean technology. Wei evaluates invention disclosures, conducts assessments of patentability and freedom to operate, develops patent strategies, drafts and prosecutes patent applications, and performs intellectual property due diligence analysis. Wei also has experience in PTAB proceedings, including conducting legal research and drafting relevant documents for inter partes reviews (IPRs) and ex parte reexaminations.

Wei holds two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. in chemical & biomolecular engineering from the University of Illinois. Prior to law school, Wei worked at a green technology startup for three years as an engineer. Before joining BoMc, Wei summered at a Fortune 200 company and, more recently, worked as a patent attorney at an international law firm.

Highlights

  • Worked closely with dozens of startup companies to expand their patent portfolio, leading to the granting of a number of commercially valuable patents.
  • Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation project.
  • Student speaker at 2017 University-wide Commencement at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • One of two Graduate Student Representatives to the Washington University Board of Trustees 2016–17.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2017
  • M.B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • B.E., Bioengineering, Tianjin University, China, 2007

Publications

  • Author. “USPTO’s Precedential Opinion Panel Weighs in on Joinder in IPR Proceedings,” BoMc Blog, May 1, 2019.
  • Co-author. “Robust carbon dioxide reduction on molybdenum disulphide edges,” Nature Communications, 2014.
  • Co-author. “Nanoelectronics: Nanotubes throw their heat around,” Nature Nanotechnology, 2012.
  • Co-author. “Ionic Liquid-Mediated Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO at Low Overpotentials,” Science, 2011.