Zhengzheng Yao, Ph.D.
Patent Agent

Two Embarcadero Center Suite 1900, San Francisco, CA USA 94111


Jennifer Yao is a registered patent agent who focuses her practice on patent prosecution and counseling primarily in chemistry and life sciences.

Before joining the firm, Dr. Yao worked as a Patent Agent at a boutique intellectual property law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, organic chemistry, and chemical biology.

Dr. Yao received her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from MIT and her B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley. While attending MIT, Dr. Yao was a Graduate Researcher with Professor Alice Ting in the Department of Chemistry. Her doctoral research focused on developing organic chemistry-based research tools and technologies that may be used for studying challenging biological problems, especially in neuroscience and proteomics. Dr. Yao’s technical expertise ranges from bioconjugation chemistry, small and large molecule design and synthesis, and protein engineering to antibody design and development.

While attending UC Berkeley, Dr. Yao was an Undergraduate Research Assistant with Professor Dirk Trauner in the Department of Chemistry, where she worked on the design and synthesis of small molecule photoswitchable ligands for the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and two-photon sensitive organic chromophores for light-activated ion channels. Dr. Yao was also an Undergraduate Research Assistant with Professor David Schaffer in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She studied the regulation of proneural Mash1 and Ngn1 genes in the Wnt signaling pathway.

Dr. Yao is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. (2013) Biological Chemistry

University of California, Berkeley B.S. (2008) Chemical Biology

Court Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2015)

Professional & Community Activities

Graduate Student Teaching Certification (2013)

MIT Women In Chemistry, Mentor (2009-2013)

MIT Chemistry Outreach, Volunteer (2009-2013)

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