Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Intellectual Property Law

Feng Zhou

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Dr. Zhou’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patents. He also has experience in patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, and other intellectual property issues. His technical expertise includes bioinformatics, small molecule drugs, biologics, medical diagnostic tools, software, etc. Representative technologies handled include: non-invasive prenatal genetic diagnostics, directed evolution of proteins, DNA sequencing technologies, JAK-STAT inhibitors for treating peritoneal injury, YAP/TAZ inhibitors for treating glaucoma, pregabalin (LYRICA®), venlafaxine (EFFEXOR®), emtricitabine (EMTRIVA®), early/recycling endosome drug delivering molecules, oil refining and synthesis gas catalysts, CO2 cryogenic capturing systems, medical devices, big data processing, and pattern recognition systems and software.

Dr. Zhou obtained a bachelor of laws degree from Nanjing University Law School and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. While pursuing his master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University, he focused on molecular biology, genetic engineering, and bioinformatics. While obtaining his Ph.D. at Brandeis University, he researched cognitive and neural models of human vision and memory. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Zhou developed novel diffusion tensor imaging methods for analyzing neural fiber tracts and investigated correlations between neural fiber integrity and short-term memory of multiple sclerosis patients.

Prior to joining WAVS IP, Dr. Zhou was an associate at another IP law firm with a national practice in patent prosecution and litigation.

Dr. Zhou is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.


  • Publications: “Similarity-Based Distortion of Visual Short-term Memory Is Due to Perceptual Averaging,” Dube, C., Zhou, F., Sekuler, R. (2014) VISION RESEARCH, 96, 8-16.
  • “Object Working Memory Performance Depends on Microstructure of the Frontal-Occipital Fasciculus,” Walsh, M., Montojo, C., Sheu, Y., Marchette, S., Harrison, D., Newsome, S., Zhou, F., Shelton, A., & Courtney, S. (2011) BRAIN CONNECTIVITY, 1(4): 317-329.
  • “Early Neural Signatures of Visual Short-term Memory,” Agam, Y., Hyun, J. S., Danker, J., Zhou, F., Kahana, M., Sekuler, R. (2009) NEUROIMAGE, 44, 531-536.
  • “Multi-sensory Integration of Spatio-temporal Segmentation Cues: One Plus One Does Not Always Equal Two,” Zhou, F., Wong, V., Sekuler, R. (2007) EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 180, 641-654.
  • “Lure Similarity Affects Visual Episodic Recognition: Detailed Tests of a Noisy Exemplar Model,” Kahana, M., Zhou, F., Geller, A., Sekuler, R. (2007) MEMORY AND COGNITION, 35, 1222-1232.
  • “Information Processing and Selective Attention in Short-term Visual Memory: Psychophysics and Models,” Zhou, F. (2005) Ph.D. Dissertation.
  • “Episodic Memory for Visual Textures: A Roving Probe Gathers Some Memory,” Zhou, F., Kahana, M., Sekuler, R. (2004) PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 15, 112-118.
  • “Episodic Memory for Spatial Frequency,” Zhou, F., Sekuler, R., Kahana, M. (2003) PERCEPTION, 32, Supplement, 5b.

*Not admitted to California State Bar.

feng zhou
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  • LL.B., Nanjing University Law School
  • M.S. in Biotechnology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, Brandeis University

Bar Admissions:

  • Utah State Bar*
  • US Patent Bar


  • IP Portfolio Development

Technical Expertise:

  • Software & Internet
  • Neuroscience & Neural Engineering
  • Chemistry & Materials
  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Diagnostics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Mechanical & Medical Devices