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.

Bars & Courts

  • Massachusetts Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • English
  • Mandarin

Professional Experience

Letao Qin has extensive experience as a patent attorney. Focusing her practice in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution, procurement and transaction, Dr. Qin has advised Fortune 500 companies, universities, start-ups, and individual inventors to identify, capture, and protect innovations. 

Prior to joining Rimon, Dr. Qin was an in-house counsel at IHHI, a start-up company engaged in nuclear energy research and development. As an in-house counsel, Dr. Qin helped to establish the company’s IP program, working with the engineering team on validation of their innovations. She was pivotal in the establishment of a multi-prong IP protection strategy aimed to protect the company’s business interests, regarding patents and trade secrets. 

Before becoming an in-house counsel, Dr. Qin worked for more than seven years at two IP boutique law firms as an associate, where she concentrated on electrical and telecommunication technologies, computer software, optical instruments, and medical devices. She drafted PCT and US utility patent applications and prosecuted both domestic and foreign patent applications for a top wireless equipment provider. She prepared appeal briefs for appeals to Patent Trial and Appeal Board and succeeded in overturning examiner’s rejections in a number of cases. In addition to patent and trademark procurement, she also conducted IP due diligence, IP clearance, and patentability search and analysis.

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.


  • 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

  • Nov. 13, 2018, Webinar, Navigating the Chinese Patent System: What U.S. Patent Counsel Need to Know
  • 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.