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Yuefen (Jennifer) Zhou, PhD

Yuefen (Jennifer) Zhou, PhD

Patent Agent

Yuefen (Jennifer) Zhou, PhD

Services & Specializations


US Patent & Trademark Office




12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92130

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Jennifer provides patent services for a wide array of life sciences and medical device companies in the chemistry arts, including application drafting and prosecution, freedom to operate analyses, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and international portfolio management. With a PhD in organic chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry, she brings clients specialization in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery research in anti-neurodegenerative disorders, anti-HCV, antibacterial, anti-cancer and women’s health. Her chemistry expertise includes medicinal, organic, organometallic, polymer, surface, and combinatorial chemistry.

Prior to Jennifer’s patent prosecution career, she spent 10 years as a medicinal chemist at a number of biotech and pharmaceutical companies in drug discovery research on several biological targets. She has served as the director of a chemistry department, a project leader of an interdisciplinary drug discovery research team, and as a lead medicinal chemist on four drug discovery programs that resulted in clinical development candidates. She has extensive experience in structure-based ligand design for drug discovery research. Jennifer has published 42 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, and speaks fluent Chinese.

  • #3, Best Performing in Biotech, and #34, Most Active in Biotech, Patexia Insights, 2024
  • #1, Best Performing in Biotech, and #37, Most Active in Biotech, Patexia Insights, 2023
  • #1, Best Performing in Biotech, and #52, Most Active in Biotech, Patexia Insights, 2022

  • Postdoctoral Fellow (Chemistry), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • PhD (Organic Chemistry), Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Shanghai, China
  • BS (Chemistry), Suzhou (Soochow) University, Suzhou, China

  • Author. “Strategic and Practical Considerations for Accelerated Examination in the United States,” Patent Lawyer Magazine, March/April 2022.
  • Author. “Today’s Investment, Tomorrow’s Return,” Orange County Business Journal, May 2020.

  • American Chemical Society, Member