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Y. Michelle Zhang

is an attorney with Banner & Witcoff focusing on the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, patent portfolio development and post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michelle has experience in a range of technologies, including Internet systems, secure infrastructure, wireless communications, computer architecture, semiconductor, business methods, financial systems, databases and medical devices. Michelle is involved in the representation of businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Recent Articles by Y. Michelle Zhang

Examining the USPTO’s Patents 4 Partnerships Platform

Intellectual property (IP) is a “bridge to collaboration” between companies, and not just a “weapon of competitive warfare.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched an IP licensing marketplace, “Patents 4 Partnerships” (P4P), on May 4 that is a platform furthering this ideology. The P4P platform is initially being limited to technologies related to COVID-19 to address the ongoing pandemic. However, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu seems prepared to expand the platform to include other technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) innovations and cancer treatments, based on interest and engagement during this pilot phase.