Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox

Mind + Muscle

Zhiwei "Wayne" Zou, Ph.D.



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.

Selected Publications

  • A. Jang, Z. Zou, K. Lee, et al., “State-of-the-art lab chip sensors for environmental water monitoring”, Measurement Science and Technology 22, 032001, (2011)
  • A. Jang, Z. Zou, K. Lee, et al., “Potentiometric and voltammetric polymer lab chip sensors for determination of nitrate, pH and Cd (II) in water”, Talanta 83, 1-8, (2010)
  • A. Jang, Z. Zou, E. MacKnight, et al., “Development of a portable analyzer with polymer lab-on-a-chips (LOCs) for continuous sampling and monitoring of Pb(II)”, Water Science and Technology 60, 2889-2896, (2009)
  • Z. Zou, J. Kai, and C. H. Ahn, “Electrical characterization of suspended gold nanowire bridges with functionalized self-assembled monolayers using top-down fabrication method”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 19, 0055002, (2009)
  • Z. Zou, E. MacKnight, A. Jang, et al., “An on-site heavy metal analyzer with polymer lab-on-a-chips for continuous sampling and monitoring”, IEEE Sensors Journal 9, 586-596, (2009)
  • J. Wang, B. Hong, J. Kai, J. Han, Z. Zou, et al., “Mini sensing chip for point-of-care acute Myocardial infarction diagnosis utilizing micro-electro-mechanical system and nano-technology”, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 645, 101-107, (2009)
  • Z. Zou, A. Jang, E. MacKnight, et al., “Environmentally-friendly disposable sensors with microfabricated on-chip planar bismuth electrode for in situ heavy metal ions measurement”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 134, 18-24, (2008)
  • Z. Zou, S. Lee, and C. H. Ahn, “A polymer microfluidic chip with interdigitated electrodes arrays for simultaneous dielectrophoretic manipulation and impedimetric detection of microparticles”, IEEE Sensors Journal 8, 527-535, (2008)
  • B. Hong, J. Kai, Y. Ren, J. Han, Z. Zou, et al., “Highly sensitive, rapid, reliable, and automatic cardiovascular disease diagnosis with nanoparticle fluorescence enhancer and MEMS”, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 614, 265-273, (2008)
  • Z. Zou, J. Kai, M. J. Rust, et al., “Functionalized nano interdigitated electrodes arrays on polymer with integrated microfluidics for direct bio-affinity sensing using impedimetric measurement”, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 136, 518-526, (2007)
  • Z. Zou, J. Han, A. Jang, et al., “A disposable on-chip phosphate sensor with planar cobalt microelectrodes on polymer substrate”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 22, 1902-1907, (2007)
  • T. Zhao, Q. Chen, and Z. Zou, “Predictive schemes for future power line communication: part four-realization of broadband PLC using W-OFDM”, Automation of Electric Power Systems 27, 81-84, (2003)
  • Z. Zou, Q. Chen, and W. Zuo, “Predictive schemes for future power line communication: part one-impact and results”, Automation of Electric Power Systems 27, 72-76, (2003)
  • Z. Zou and B. Chen, “The essential device of all-optical network: OXC and OADM”, Optoelectronic Technology 22, 131-137, (2002)
  • Admissions
      • District of Columbia

      • Virginia

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Education
      • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
      • Ph.D, Electrical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
      • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University

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