Haoyu Zhou

Haoyu Zhou

Partner, Patent Attorney

Practice Area
Patent Prosecution, Patent Search


Chinese, English

Technical Background

Bio-technology, Life Science, Pharma and Chemistry


Master‘s degree in Life Sciences from National University of Singapore
Bachelor’s degree of biology from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore

Professional Experience

Mr. Zhou was a researcher at National University of Singapore for 3 years, where he studied on cancer cell migration at molecular and cellular level, and was familiar with cutting-edge technologies in life science, biochemistry and biomedical science.

Prior to joining Chofn, Mr. Zhou worked at Shusaku Yamamoto in Japan as a Biotech patent agent for more than 3 years. With in-depth knowledge and research experience in biotechnology and pharma, Mr. Zhou demonstrated excellent expertise in analyzing patentability, responding to office actions in the field of bio/pharma/chem, and advising clients on patent practices in China, Japan, Europe and U.S. During in his tenure in Japan, Mr. Zhou has successfully applied for hundreds of patent applications up until grant for many pharma companies such as Novartis, GSK, Gilead, Covidien, Biogen, etc, and triumphed in several invalidation appeals.

Mr. Zhou joined Chofn IP in 2017, and continues to contribute his expertise to the firm. Mr. Zhou often gives lectures to domestic and foreign audiences on Chinese Patent practice and how to patent pharmaceutical inventions in China.


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