ALBERT WAI-KIT CHAN
T: +1 (212) 608-6500
Albert Wai-Kit Chan handles all areas of intellectual property law (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), but his specialty is biotechnology patents. He is well-versed in all aspects of prosecution and litigation and is experienced in licensing, technology transfer and the evaluation of intellectual property portfolios in preparation for initial public offerings. Dr. Chan works extensively with both U.S. and international companies. He has helped scores of scientists and inventors obtain the intellectual property protection they need to be competitive in their fields. His clients include prestigious research institutes as well as individual inventors.
Since 1996, Dr. Chan has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The City University of New York School of Law. His classes include intellectual property law, patent law, technology transfer, Internet and the law, food and drug law, and internal business law.
Active in a number of legal organizations, Dr. Chan is the past president of the United States-China Lawyers Society which aims at promoting freedom of exchange of legal ideas and professionals between the United States and China. Recently, Dr. Chan compiled the Society’s first collection of papers. Dr. Chan is also a founder of the United States-China Intellectual Property Institute, a non-profit organization designed to encourage understanding and the free exchange of technology between the United States and China. USCIPI has as its main goal the education of Chinese and American scientists, engineers, academics, and potential inventors. It serves as a bridge between the U.S., an established intellectual property-respecting country, and China, which is just now starting to learn the benefits of protecting intellectual property.
Dr. Chan received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Virology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and he completed his postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Albert Chan is a former research scientist who forged his legal career by combining his training as a molecular biologist with the emerging legal needs of the biotechnology industry in the late 1980s.