Yuhe Liu, PH.D. - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Yuhe Liu, PhD* is a patent agent at the firm’s Washington, DC office.

Dr. Liu’s practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution, patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate analysis, as well as patent invalidity and non-infringement assessment. He assists his clients with a wide array of technologies, including molecular genetics, biotechnology, immunology, gene and cell therapy, big data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Liu was a patent agent at other large international law firms. He had also previously worked as a quantitative geneticist at a computational breeding company and as a senior molecular biologist at a seeds and biotechnology solutions company.

*Non-lawyer professional


  • Managed patent matters for clients ranging from startups, Fortune 500 companies, universities and research institutes*
  • Successfully prosecuted patent applications relating to plant biotechnology, gene editing, immunotherapy and molecular diagnostics*
  • Drafted legal opinions concerning patent invalidity and non-infringement*
  • Co-authored peer-reviewed research articles and co-invented US patent*

*Prior to joining McDermott


  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 2014
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS, 2012
China Agricultural University, BS, 2008

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mandarin Chinese

Yuhe Liu, PH.D.

Patent Agent | Washington, DC

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Washington, DC: +1 202 756 8947

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Washington, DC: +1 217 778 5766