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Background

Cong Yao, Ph.D., is an Associate in the litigation group in Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley* office. Dr. Yao is involved in all phases of litigation at District Courts and International Trade Commission, counsels clients on Inter Partes Review and FDA regulatory issues, conducts IP due diligence and freedom to operate, and works with clients of all sizes.

Dr. Yao also prosecutes patents in the Biotech and Life Sciences sectors. His technical background focuses on Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Microscopy, Developmental Biology, and Immunology. He authored scientific articles on different human diseases including Autism-like diseases. Dr. Yao’s Ph.D. thesis involved knocking down gene expression using a modified RNAi technology taking advantage of morpholinos. Dr. Yao has extensive experience in gene cloning from primer design to analyzing sequencing data. His postdoctoral work focused on electrophysiology in neurons.

Dr. Yao was previously a Summer Associate of the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Yao served as an Intern for The Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

*Admitted only in Massachusetts and New York.

*Not admitted to practice in California.     Work conducted in California is directly supervised by a member of the California Bar or limited to federal courts and agencies listed below.

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law 2014
Note Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine


Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2009
Biology
President, Graduate Student Association of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies


B.S., Tsinghua University 2005
Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
with honors

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 2014
  • New York 2016
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2017

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese

Memberships & Affiliations

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Publications

Cong Yao & Craig Countryman, Oral Argument Key Points: Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc., Fish & Richardson litigation blog (2017), available at https://www.fr.com/fish-litigation/oral-argument-key-points-impression-products-inc-v-lexmark-intl-inc/.

Cong Yao, and J. Peter Fasse, The Rejection of Biotechnology Method Patents as Mere Abstract Ideas, Industrial Biotechnology (December 2015).

Cong Yao, Craig Countryman, and J. Peter Fasse, Patent Eligibility of Nature-Based Products: Current View of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, Industrial Biotechnology (February 2015).

Electrical Synaptic Transmission in Developing Zebrafish: Properties and Molecular Composition of Gap Junctions at a Central Auditory Synapse, 112 Journal of Neurophysiology 2102 (2014).

Substantial Non-Infringing Use –A Viable Defense to Inducement?, Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor (July 22, 2013).

Federal Circuit Holds Isolated DNA is Patent-Eligible, Recent Case Development, 38 American Journal of Law and Medicine 755 (2012).

Species Differences in the Expression of Ahi1, a Protein Implicated in the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Joubert Syndrome, with Preferential Accumulation to Stigmoid Bodies, 511 Journal of Comparative Neurology 155 (2008).

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