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Yifeng Tao
Patent Counsel

Professional Experience

Mr. Tao worked as a Chinese Patent Examiner for fifteen years, in the Fourth Examination (Chemistry) Department. Before joining AFD in 2002, he worked as a patent attorney for Beijing Shenxiang Patent Agent Ltd. Mr. Tao has extensive experience in patent prosecution, reexamination and invalidation, enforcement, licensing and counseling services.


Mr. Tao also has twenty-five years of industry experiences, having performed research for the State Institute of Nonferrous Metal and the State Science Committee, respectively, after graduating from the Department of Chemistry, NanjingUniversity, in 1955. Mr. Tao has completed training programs at both the European Patent Office and the German Patent Office.


Mr. Tao’s technical practice areas include pharmaceutical and Chinese medicinal sciences, organic and inorganic chemistry, metallurgy, materials science, agricultural chemicals and processes, biotechnology, chemical and petrochemical products and processes, and textiles. 


Work Experience

AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office, Patent attorney (2002-)

Beijing Shenxiang Patent Agent Ltd., Patent Attorney (1995-2001)

The Fourth Examination Dept, China Patent Office, Senior Examiner, Director (1980-1995)

State Institute of Nonferrous Metal and the State Science Committee respectively (1955-1980)



Graduated from the Chemistry Department of Nanjing University (1955)

Examiner Training Program, German Patent Office (1985, 1987)

Examiner Training Program, European Patent Office (1981-1982)



Chinese and English



All China Patent Agents Association

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