Yi Chen, Ph.D., Technical Advisor

Dallas, TX

O: (254) 203-5689

Protecting intellectual property by guiding inventors and attorneys alike

Yi Chen is an internationally recognized researcher and engineer in advanced sensing technologies with deep experience across a broad range of technical specialties. He helps clients protect their intellectual property in the areas of electronics and semiconductors, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and medical devices and procedures. Yi also works alongside attorneys to help clients navigate patent litigation as well as complex licensing and IP transactions.

Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan, Yi worked in the semiconductor industry for over a decade. As a research and development veteran and engineering leader, he spearheaded the development of various “more than Moore” technologies and products, including intelligent sensors and microelectromechanical systems, energy harvesting and storage devices, diagnostic and wearable medical devices, versatile imaging and spectral sensors, miniaturized analytical instruments, consumer health and electronics, and artificial intelligence of things (AIoT).

Yi’s technical expertise lies at the intersection of engineering, life sciences, and artificial intelligence. He thrives when working with technological innovations of all kinds to create solutions for real-world problems. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

An international scholar, tech innovator and entrepreneurial leader

Yi understands the process and value of patenting and protecting ideas and technologies. Having co-founded several high-tech companies, Yi considers himself a “serial entrepreneur” in the startup world. He has launched six companies, each centered around semiconductor devices, intelligent sensors, and optics and photonics inventions. Two of his businesses were founded in China.

Through his various roles as a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Yi has a deep understanding of the innovation process — from idea to product to market — and how to bridge innovation gaps between the different stages. He has developed a series of patented technological inventions that translated into commercial successes. A few highlights of Yi’s ground-breaking innovation include pioneering an AI-powered medical imaging platform for early detection of breast cancer and diabetic foot ulcers 15 years ago, creating an advanced nanomanufacturing process to produce world-record efficiency black silicon solar cells, and designing first-in-the-world multiplexed nanosensor for real-time water and air quality monitoring.

Yi has a decade of research experience at some of the world’s leading research institutions, including the University of Illinois, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. His track record of scientific achievements includes 30+ peer-reviewed research papers, a few patents, hundreds of citations, and numerous academic awards. He led a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to successfully execute 10+ research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health, valued at over $10 million. He also played key roles in the strategic planning and launch of several multimillion-dollar research centers in the U.S. and China.

Mentoring and securing the future of IP

Yi knows the importance of being both a good mentor and mentee. As an adjunct professor, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in semiconductors and signal processing for five years. He has also mentored a dozen undergraduate and graduate students who currently work at big tech companies such as Tesla, Meta, Intel, and Texas Instruments and consulting firms such as McKinsey and BCG. In addition to his own published research, Yi has served as an invited reviewer and guest editor for more than 20 scientific journals under Nature Portfolio, Wiley, Springer, Elsevier, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.

Outside of the office, Yi enjoys film and TV dramas and crafting poetry. He also loves traveling and has visited 36 states and more than half of the provinces in China. You can often find him and his wife at the beach or exploring art and history museums and botanical gardens.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member
  • SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, member
  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), member
  • AVS, member

Protecting intellectual property by guiding inventors and attorneys alike

Yi Chen is an internationally recognized researcher and engineer in advanced sensing technologies with deep experience across a broad range of technical specialties. He helps clients protect their intellectual property in the areas of electronics and semiconductors, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and medical devices and procedures. Yi also works alongside attorneys to help clients navigate patent litigation as well as complex licensing and IP transactions.

Prior to joining Patterson + Sheridan, Yi worked in the semiconductor industry for over a decade. As a research and development veteran and engineering leader, he spearheaded the development of various “more than Moore” technologies and products, including intelligent sensors and microelectromechanical systems, energy harvesting and storage devices, diagnostic and wearable medical devices, versatile imaging and spectral sensors, miniaturized analytical instruments, consumer health and electronics, and artificial intelligence of things (AIoT).

Yi’s technical expertise lies at the intersection of engineering, life sciences, and artificial intelligence. He thrives when working with technological innovations of all kinds to create solutions for real-world problems. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

An international scholar, tech innovator and entrepreneurial leader

Yi understands the process and value of patenting and protecting ideas and technologies. Having co-founded several high-tech companies, Yi considers himself a “serial entrepreneur” in the startup world. He has launched six companies, each centered around semiconductor devices, intelligent sensors, and optics and photonics inventions. Two of his businesses were founded in China.

Through his various roles as a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Yi has a deep understanding of the innovation process — from idea to product to market — and how to bridge innovation gaps between the different stages. He has developed a series of patented technological inventions that translated into commercial successes. A few highlights of Yi’s ground-breaking innovation include pioneering an AI-powered medical imaging platform for early detection of breast cancer and diabetic foot ulcers 15 years ago, creating an advanced nanomanufacturing process to produce world-record efficiency black silicon solar cells, and designing first-in-the-world multiplexed nanosensor for real-time water and air quality monitoring.

Yi has a decade of research experience at some of the world’s leading research institutions, including the University of Illinois, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. His track record of scientific achievements includes 30+ peer-reviewed research papers, a few patents, hundreds of citations, and numerous academic awards. He led a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to successfully execute 10+ research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health, valued at over $10 million. He also played key roles in the strategic planning and launch of several multimillion-dollar research centers in the U.S. and China.

Mentoring and securing the future of IP

Yi knows the importance of being both a good mentor and mentee. As an adjunct professor, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in semiconductors and signal processing for five years. He has also mentored a dozen undergraduate and graduate students who currently work at big tech companies such as Tesla, Meta, Intel, and Texas Instruments and consulting firms such as McKinsey and BCG. In addition to his own published research, Yi has served as an invited reviewer and guest editor for more than 20 scientific journals under Nature Portfolio, Wiley, Springer, Elsevier, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society.

Outside of the office, Yi enjoys film and TV dramas and crafting poetry. He also loves traveling and has visited 36 states and more than half of the provinces in China. You can often find him and his wife at the beach or exploring art and history museums and botanical gardens.


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