Johnny has over 15 years of experience in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications mainly in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and materials science. Besides providing patent-related services, he is experienced in liaising with and advising various public and private entities on IP portfolio management and filing strategies.
Prior to commencing a career in intellectual property, Johnny devoted his time to marine biology and medical research in his graduate and postgraduate studies. His research interests include stem cell therapy for cardiovascular disease and spinal cord injury, plankton biodiversity, neurotoxin in fish, and cell cycle regulation.
Johnny’s work experience also covers the commercial sector. He was as a product specialist and technical support for a multinational genes and protein diagnostic products manufacturer, and also worked for a biotech start-up in Hong Kong as an in-house legal executive responsible for drafting and reviewing various contracts, FDA approval-related application documents, corporate governance and compliance documents, legal matters relating to internal and external fundraising activities, and managing company’s IP portfolio, etc.