Grüneberg and Myers - Intellectual Property Law


Dr. Richard Chinn



+1 (571) 458-7785

Dr. Richard Chinn is a chemical technology patent attorney with the Grüneberg and Myers law firm, bringing to the practice a wide range of experience in client counseling, patent prosecution, application preparation, patentability and infringement evaluation and litigation in chemical technologies. Dr. Chinn works with start-ups, emerging, and multinational foreign and domestic companies in industries ranging from polymer and chemical processing to biotech, semiconductor, petroleum products, alternative energy, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food. He also counsels universities as to their patent needs.

After understanding clients' needs and goals, Dr. Chinn is able to provide a value driven approach, offering confidence in achieving the desired outcome. Dr. Chinn guides clients through the complexities of the U.S. patent system, advising, offering opinions and prosecuting 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 clients’ issues, addressing not only the problems presented but also the broader implications and related concerns.

With an advanced degree in synthetic organic chemistry and first-hand experience from his post- doctoral fellowship researching and investigating methodologies for heterocycle synthesis, Dr. Chinn brings a deep understanding of the science underlying clients’ inventions. In addition to total synthesis and heterocycle methodologies, 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.

Recognizing the benefits of direct interaction with clients, Dr. Chinn serves as the director of the firm's trainee program.



George Mason University School of Law

University of Rochester
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry

University of Rochester
M.S., Organic Chemistry

Cornell University

Emory University
Research Fellow on Methodologies for Heterocycle Synthesis

Admissions and Registrations

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

Activities & Affiliations

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