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Minchul Yang, Esq., Ph.D.

Patent Attorney, Managing Partner

Dr. Yang is a registered patent attorney with expertise in patent prosecution, strategic patenting, and technology transfer. He has extensive knowledge and experience in a broad range of science and technology. His practice areas include semiconductor devices, displays, sensors, organic/inorganic materials, mechanical systems, and bio-devices. He helps clients to build strong patent portfolios and monetize them in order to gain a competitive edge in the market place. He also helps foreign clients to find licensees, patent buyers, and business partners in the U.S.

Dr. Yang has more than 9 years of work experience as a Patent Examiner at the USPTO. He prosecuted more than 500 patent applications in the fields of semiconductor devices, nanotechnology, alternative energy, displays (LEDs and OLEDs), batteries, advanced organic/inorganic materials, and biosensors. He authored Examiner Answers for Appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, previously Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences). He advised the management board on patent examination/search strategy. He trained patent examiners on patent law, claim interpretation, prior art search, office action writing, and relevant science/technology. He is a recipient of Master-Rating Certificate from the USPTO.

Prior to joining the USPTO, he was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). His area of research includes non-linear laser physics, surface chemistry, molecular electronics, heterogeneous catalysis, and organic semiconductors. He is an author or coauthor of 33 research publications on a broad range of science and technology. He is a recipient of John G. Miller Award for the Best PhD Thesis in the Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2002.


J.D., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Ph.D. in physical chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (awarded for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in the Department of Chemistry)

M.S. in physical chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

B.S. in chemical engineering/technology, Seoul National University, Korea

Bar Admissions

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

State of Maryland

Selected Publications (33 total)

Minchul Yang, Paul E. Sheehan, William P. King, and Lloyd J. Whitman, “Direct nanoscale writing of a conducting polymer with molecular layer-by-layer control”, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), 128, 6774 (2006) (appears in Chemical & Engineering News, May, 2006; and www.nanotechweb.org, May 2006).

Minchul Yang and Gabor A. Somorjai, “Adsorption and reactions of C6 hydrocarbons at high pressures on Pt(111) single crystal surfaces studied by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy: mechanisms of isomerization and dehydrocyclization of n-hexane”, Journal of The American Chemical Society (JACS), 126, 7698 (2004).

Minchul Yang and Gabor A. Somorjai, “Evidence for cyclohexyl (C6H11) as a reactive surface intermediate during high-pressure cyclohexane catalytic reactions on Pt(111) by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy”, Journal of The American Chemical Society (JACS), 125, 11131 (2003).

Minchul Yang, David Tang, and Gabor A. Somorjai, “Sample mounting and transfer system for in-situ Infrared-Visible sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy in high-pressure ultrahigh vacuum system”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 74, 4554 (2003).

Minchul Yang, H. W. Lee, and H. Kang, “Secondary ion mass spectrometry without secondary ion emission. Recombinative scattering of hyperthermal Cs+ ions from a Si(111) surface adsorbed with water”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 103, 5149 (1995).