Letao Qin


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Boston College

J.D. Cum Laude, Trustees Scholarship

Montana State University

Ph.D. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude

University of Science and Technology of China

B.S. in Physics

Previous Experience

  • Coats + Bennett, PLLC
  • Fish & Richardson P.C.


  • State of Massachusetts
  • US Court of Appeals for the 4th and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State of Massachusetts Supreme Court


  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Experience

Letao Qin has extensive experience as a patent attorney. Focusing her practice in all aspects of IP transaction, patent and trademark prosecution and procurement, Dr. Qin has advised Fortune 500 companies, universities, start-ups, and individual inventors to identify, capture, and protect innovations. Her practices include IP counseling, due diligence and clearance for business transactions that involve high-tech and emerging technologies such as AI, robotics, and autonomous driving vehicles. Dr. Qin also specializes in patent and trademark procurement and proceedings at the patent and trademark appeal boards. She has drafted PCT and US utility patent applications in the technical areas of emerging technologies, electrical and telecommunication technologies, computer software, medical devices and optical instruments.

Dr. Qin is a member of American IP Law Association (AIPLA) and co-chairs its IP Practice in China Committee, where she leads the committee’s various projects of legislation and commentary, IP law harmonization and delegation visits.

Prior to joining Rimon, Dr. Qin worked for more than seven years at two IP boutique law firms as an associate. She also did a stint at an early-stage energy start-up company as an in- house IP attorney. Before joining the legal profession, Dr. Qin worked at two leading engineering companies — IBM and Nortel Networks — as a computer engineer.

Dr. Qin holds a doctorate in astrophysics and studied under Dr. Tsuruta, who was one of the very few female astrophysicists in the 1950s and after whom a neutron star was named. In graduate school at Montana State University, Dr. Qin was involved in the astrophysics research group and received her doctoral degree after her pioneer work studying effects of strong magnetic fields on neutron star thermal evolution. She attended the extremely competitive University of Science and Technology of China, after ranking second in the Hunan province on the National College Entrance Exam. She received her B.S. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China and her J.D. from Boston College Law School, cum laude. She is registered in Massachusetts and with the USPTO.

Letao is a native of China. She speaks and writes Mandarin Chinese fluently.


  • Represented a large OLED display device manufacturer in patent procurement in front of the USPTO
  • Represented a world-leading e-commerce company in patent procurement in front of the USPTO
  • Represented a large technology company in the financial service industry in patent procurement in front of the USPTO
  • Counseled a prominent Chinese startup company in the AI technical area
  • Handled a trademark infringement lawsuit by a famous NYC restaurant against a major NYC corporation, which concluded with a fast and favorable settlement for the restaurant
  • Handled all aspects of IP legal issues at IHHI, a nuclear energy research company; responsible for building the company’s patent portfolio and developing its IP protection strategy
  • Drafted and prosecuted international and US utility applications for a top wireless communication equipment provider
  • Represented a top Chinese internet company in trademark matters in North America
  • Represented iPearl, Inc., a retailer of electronic device accessories, in a patent infringement lawsuit in the northern district court of Florida

Speaking Events

  • June 3, 2019, Learning from the past: Legal issues for the technology attorney in 2019, American Bar Association CLE webinar
  • April 18, 2019, Drafting patents that satisfy multiple jurisdictions, presentation at AIPLA Patent Agent Committee
  • March 21, 2019, How much is your trademark worth? Lunch and Learn event at R!OT of NC, Raleigh, NC
  • Nov. 13, 2018, Navigating the Chinese Patent System: What U.S. Patent Counsel Need to Know, Stratford CLE webinar
  • July 26, 2018, How a Startup Can Protect its IP Assets with a limited budget. Lunch and Learn event at R!OT of NC, Raleigh, NC
  • Jan. 25, 2018. Moderated "Space: The Final Frontier for IP?", AIPLA Mid-Winter Conference, Palm Springs, CA


  • Featured, "Bilingual lawyers have a leg up in many niche practice groups," ABA Journal (2013)
  • Author, "Three tips for managing intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions," Lexology (2013)
  • "Axion Cooling and Omega," with S. Tsuruta, in the Cosmological Constant Evolution of the Universe, (eds. K. Sato et al.), Universal Academy Press, 309 (1996)
  • "Constraints on the Neutrino Magnetic Moment from Neutron Star Cooling," with N. Iwamoto, R. Fukugita, and S. Tsuruta, Physics Review 51, 348 (1995)
  • "Effects of Magnetic Fields on Neutron Star Thermal Evolution," with S. Tsuruta in The 17th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology (eds. J. Trumper et al.), the N.Y. Academy of Science 759, 299 (1995)
  • "Cooling of Magnetic Neutron Stars," with S. Tsuruta, Proceedings of the 7th Marcel Grossmann Meeting on Relativity (eds. R. Jenzen et al.) (1995)
  • "Anisotropic Cooling and Atmospheric Radiation of Neutron Stars with Strong Magnetic Fields," with Yu.A. Shivanov, et al. The 17th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology (eds. J. Trumper et al.), the N.Y. Academy of Science, 759, 291 (1995)


  • Co-Chair of AIPLA IP Practice in China Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association and its IP Practice in China committee