Patent Attorney, Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC
Dr. Xiaoban Xin (mentor, Dr. Lily Dong), who graduated from the Cellular and Structural Biology graduate program in 2011, is now a Patent Attorney for Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC.
While in the CSB program, Xiaoban was the 2010 recipient of the Barbara Bowman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. He also received an American Heart Association (AHA) predoctoral award in 2010. After graduating, Xiaoban was briefly a postdoctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before a stint as a Technology Transfer Fellow in the Technology Development Office at NIH/NIAID. While he was working at the NIH, he enrolled in the J.D. program at George Washington University Law School and served as the Editor, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal at GWU Law School.
Xiaoban, who has since graduated with his J.D., is also a registered patent attorney through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
I am very interested in the process of transferring scientific discoveries to real-world products. I figured that one way for someone with a life science Ph.D. to get involved in the technology transfer process is to become a patent lawyer. I then went to law school at night while working full time during the day. In the past years, I worked as a technology transfer fellow at NIH and then as a patent agent at a law firm. I just finished law school this summer and am now an associate at the firm.
I help life science companies, especially start-ups, to build their intellectual property assets, which help the companies to get funded and sold. What I do includes advising life science companies on building and managing patent portfolios, drafting patent applications, communicating with the Patent Office to get patents granted, and investigating intellectual property issues in investment and acquisition deals.
Workshops, lectures, one-on-one guidance