Yeon Jae Ko, Ph.D.

Yeon Jae Ko

Yeon Jae Ko’s practice focuses on the acquisition, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property, both domestically and internationally. Yeon Jae advises clients on patent and transactional matters in the areas of chemistry, biologics, small-molecule pharmaceuticals, biotechnology/medical devices, energy, and electronics/material science/physics. In addition, he has experience in IP due diligence associated with various mergers and acquisitions. Yeon Jae’s detailed technical understanding of various technologies allows him to counsel clients in a diverse range of industries.

Prior to his career in law, Yeon Jae served as an IP and licensing analyst at Boston University’s Office of Technology Development, analyzing numerous technologies and developing licensing opportunities based on intellectual property in biotech, nanotech, and electronic industries. After completing a doctorate degree in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship with the Rowland Institute at Harvard University, where he extensively researched technologies involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, medical devices, nanotechnology, semiconductor fabrication, and solar energy conversion.

Yeon Jae is an author of 34 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Angewandte Chemie, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. (PNAS), and Journal of Chemical Physics. He served in the Republic of Korea Navy as a commissioned officer.




  • J.D. cum laude Boston University School of Law 2017
    • Member, Journal of Science and Technology Law
  • Postdoctoral fellow Harvard University 2014
  • Ph.D. Chemistry Johns Hopkins University 2011
  • M.A. Chemistry Johns Hopkins University 2007
  • B.S. Physics and Chemistry Seoul National University 2002

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Member, Korean-American Scientist and Engineers Association
  • Member, Korean-American Oil and Gas Engineers Association
  • Member, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, International Association of Korean Lawyers


  • Korean
  • Written Japanese
  • Written Mandarin