Yanhong (Claire) Hu, Ph.D., is an associate in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas, including coatings, cosmetics, dyes, alloys, textiles, nanomaterials, polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, biomaterials, and materials processing.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Hu was a patent agent at an Arlington based intellectual property firm. She also worked as a summer law clerk and conducted validity analysis in the areas of electronic and optical devices.

Before attending law school, Dr. Hu was a research associate at North Carolina State University in the Materials Science and Engineering department. She developed a transferable, quantum-based analytic reactive potential for simulating energetic materials, programmed computer simulation codes, and examined chemical, thermal, and mechanical properties of energetic materials under extreme conditions using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. For her postdoctoral work in the Engineering Research Center at the University of Florida, Dr. Hu studied ion bombardment-induced modification of carbon “nanopeapods” and examined mechanical properties of filled carbon nanotubes.  

Dr. Hu completed her doctoral studies in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Florida. There she tested control efficiency of various temperature control methods in cluster deposition modeling, simulated thin film nucleation through molecular cluster beam deposition, and investigated polyatomic-ion beam deposition induced chemical functionalization of carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposites using MD simulations.

Dr. Hu received her M.E. and B.E. from the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST). While attending the graduate school at ECUST, she synthesized polyester polyols from rape seed oil and produced rigid polyurethane foams from plant-oil based polyols.


  • George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (Ph.D.)
    • Materials Science & Engineering
  • East China University of Science and Technology (M.E., highest honors)
    • Polymer Science & Engineering
  • East China University of Science and Technology (B.E., highest honors)
    • Polymer Science & Engineering


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia


Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


  • Chinese


Selected Archival Journal Publications:  

  • Y. Hu, D. W. Brenner, Y. Shi, “Detonation Initiation from Spontaneous Hotspots Formed During Cook-Off Observed in Molecular Dynamics Simulations,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Electron Transport, Optical and Electronic Devices, Hard Matter, 115(5), 2416-2422 (2011)
  • Y. Hu, O. A. Shenderova, and D. W. Brenner, “Carbon Nanostructures: Morphologies and Properties,” Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 4, 199-221 (2007) (invited review article)
  • Y. Hu, O. A. Shenderova, Z. Hu, C. W. Padgett, and D. W. Brenner, “Carbon Nanostructures for Advanced Composites,” Reports on Progress in Physics, 69, 1847-1895 (2006) (invited review article)
  • Y. Hu, D.L. Irving, and S. B. Sinnott, “Ion Bombardment Induced Modification of Carbon Nanopeapods: A Computational Study,” Chemical Physics Letters, 422, 137-141 (2006)
  • Y. Hu and S.B. Sinnott, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polyatomic-Ion Beam Deposition Induced Chemical Modification of Carbon Nanotube/Polymer Composites,” Journal of Materials Chemistry, 14(4), 719-729 (2004)
  • Y. Hu, Y. Gao, D. Wang, C. Hu, S. Zu, L. Vanoverloop and D. Randall, “Rigid Polyurethane Foam Prepared from a Rape Seed Oil Based Polyol,” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 84, 591-597 (2002)

Book Chapter:

  • Y. Hu, Z. Hu, C.W. Padgett, D.W. Brenner, and O.A. Shenderova, “Carbon Nanostructures and Nanocomposites,” Chapter 27 in Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology (second edition), Ed. W.A. Goddard III, D.W. Brenner, S.E. Lyshevski, and G.J. Iafrate (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007)