District of Columbia
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Dr. Zhiwei "Wayne" Zou is an associate in the firm's Electronics group, specializing in patent procurement, counseling, and patent office post-grant proceedings in electrical engineering and computer science.
Dr. Zou has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in the electrical, software, Internet, electro-mechanical, medical device, and business methods fields, such as battery management system (BMS), battery protection circuits, wireless charging technology, CCD and CMOS image sensors, objection detection technology, etc. He has also been actively involved in patent office post-grant proceedings, representing both the patent owners and petitioners. He has also assisted in due diligence and opinion work on semiconductor, manufacturing, and medical device-related patent matters. In addition, Dr. Zou has assisted in patent litigation matters related to processors, biometric devices, and Internet services in district courts and ITC.
Dr. Zou has extensive technical experience in the areas of semiconductors, microfabrication, MEMS, biosensors, microfluidics, telecommunications and networking. He has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles. One of his journal papers related to biosensors and microfluidics was recognized with the IEEE Sensor Journal Best Paper Award in 2009.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Dr. Zou worked at two international law firms, where he drafted and prosecuted large portfolios of patent applications for clients in the semiconductor and Internet industries. Before entering into the legal field, Dr. Zou was a research assistant and earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in the MicroSystem and BioMEMS Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, where he developed various integrated and miniaturized sensing systems using MEMS technology for medical, biological, and environmental applications. In addition, he was a research assistant in the Institute of Telecommunication Technology at Nanjing University in China.
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