Vi Tran is a law clerk in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property group. She contributes to the firm’s work in patent litigation, patent opinions and due diligence. Dr. Tran joined Goodwin in 2013. She is a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and her application to the New York bar is pending; she is working under the supervision of the partners at Goodwin.

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Dr. Tran has participated in all phases of patent litigation, including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, and trial in federal courts. She currently focuses her practice on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Tran has also been involved in preparing petitions for inter partes review to the USPTO.

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Dr. Tran's graduate research in organic chemistry focused on developing a stereoelectronic model to explain the stereoselective addition of nucleophiles to oxocarbenium ions to provide substituted tetrahydrofurans. The tetrahydrofuran motif is common in natural products, as well as in synthetic compounds for therapeutic use.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Dr. Tran worked in medicinal chemistry research at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (2005-2008). Her synthetic chemistry background was applied to the discovery of new chemical entities for therapeutic use.

While attending law school in the evening, Dr. Tran was a Science Advisor in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Dr. Tran is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)  and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).


Dr. Tran was supported by a research fellowship from Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a member of the inaugural class of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology program at the University of California, Irvine. She was the recipient of the ACS Women Chemists Committee/ Eli Lilly Travel Award in 2013.

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J.D., 2019
Fordham University
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 2013
University of California, Irvine
B.S., Chemistry, 2005
California Institute of Technology



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