Yong Chen, J.D., Ph.D.

Lin Sun-Hoffman, J.D., Ph.D.

Tel: 650-773-3538  Email: [email protected]


  • Intellectual Property
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Reno
B.S. in Biology, East China Normal University (Shanghai, China)
Maryland State Bar

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Lin Sun-Hoffman is a patent attorney with 20-year experience focused on innovative life sciences client matters. Lin has rich experiences in handling all aspects of intellectual property matters, including the drafting and prosecution of patent application, IP due diligence, opinion work, licensing transactions and technology transfers.

In addition to her patent work, Lin has extensive experience with Chinese regulatory authorities, i.e., the Chinese FDA and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and broader expertise in US and Chinese government affairs, serving clients ranging from start-up to Fortune-100.

Lin’s diverse background has prepared her to tackle the toughest challenges facing innovative life sciences companies today, starting with her time as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She left USPTO to serve as managing patent counsel at Celera Genomics before joining the Life Technologies Corporation (formerly Applied Biosystems, now Thermo Fisher). She is a frequent speaker in China, the US, and Europe, including participation at the invitation of USPTO to speak at SIPO and WIPO Conferences.

Lin also has over ten years of biomedical research experience including several years as a postdoctoral research fellow with several publications at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Frederick and Bethesda, Maryland. Lin currently serves as vice chair of LES International University-Industry-Government subcommittee, Bay Area Chapter head for BayHelix, Secretary General of US-China Green Energy Council. Lin was President of the Chinese Bioscience Association in Silicon Valley in 2013, and President of the Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association (CBA) 2008-2009. Lin also served as Chief Advisor for Asia at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) during 2011-2015, and Chief Advisor for Asia at Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) during 2009-2011.

Lin is also active in community activities including serving on the PTA executive council board (2015-2017) of Palo Alto School District, and teaches underprivileged students in rural area Yunnan China every summer.