Minxi Rao, Ph.D. is a senior patent agent with the Firm and began her patent law career with the Firm. Dr. Rao is experienced in preparing and prosecuting US and foreign patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, biotherapeutics and pharmaceuticals, small molecules, food science, and consumer products. Dr. Rao also has experience in conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate searches and providing litigation support.
Dr. Rao received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Berkeley, where she studied the role of nitric oxide in bacterial signaling and biofilm formation. She received her B.S. in chemistry at Duke University, where she conducted research in the areas of fungal genetics and organic synthesis.
Dr. Rao is proficient in Mandarin.