Richard L. Chinn, Ph.D., a chemical technology patent attorney, is a partner in the firm's Chemical Patent Prosecution group. He offers a wide range of experience in patent prosecution, application preparation, and patentability and infringement evaluation in chemical technologies and litigation. Dr. Chinn works with start-up, emerging, and multinational foreign and domestic companies in industries ranging from agricultural and chemical processing to biotech, semiconductor, petroleum products, alternative energy, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food. He also works with universities.

Dr. Chinn guides his clients through the complexities of the U.S. patent system, advising, offering opinions, prosecuting and litigating on all aspects of patent protection. He addresses issues ranging from inventorship disputes and inequitable conduct to on-sale bar restrictions. His breadth of experience allows him to see the bigger picture of his clients’ issues, addressing not only the problems presented but also the broader implications and related concerns.

With an advanced degree in organic chemistry and first-hand experience from his doctoral fellowship researching and investigating methodologies for heterocycle synthesis, he brings a deep understanding of the sciences underlying his clients’ inventions. In addition to heterocycle synthesis, Dr. Chinn’s scientific expertise includes pharmaceutical agents, carbohydrates, enzymology, agricultural chemicals, biotechnology, polymer chemistry, dye stuffs, and semiconductor processing. Dr. Chinn has published numerous scientific articles in the areas of organic synthesis, mechanistic organic chemistry and heterocyclic methods.


  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Rochester (Ph.D.)
    • Organic Chemistry
  • University of Rochester (M.S.)
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Cornell University (B.S.)
  • Emory University
    • Research Fellow on Methodologies for Heterocycle Synthesis


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Virginia


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Chemical Society