Dr. Lily Xu is a science law clerk in the firm’s Business Law Department and a member of its Intellectual Property group. She joined Goodwin in 2018. She is a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and her practice is limited to matters and proceedings for the USPTO.

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Dr. Xu counsels start-up and later-stage biotechnology companies in patent prosecution, patentability analysis, and freedom-to-operate analysis. She has experience in managing patent portfolios and developing domestic and foreign patent prosecution strategies. Dr. Xu also conducts intellectual property due diligence for public offering and merger and acquisition transactions.

Dr. Xu’s technical expertise lies in the areas of immuno-oncology, gene therapy, and antibody development.  She has also prosecuted patent applications in treatments for cardiovascular diseases, diagnostic methods, and medical devices.

Professional Activities

Dr. Xu is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Dr. Xu was a patent agent in the Boston Office of Lathrop Gage LLP.






Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, 2015
Harvard University
B.S., Chemistry and Biology, 2007
Tsinghua University



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
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