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Ao Li

Patent Agent

Ao Li, Ph.D. is a registered patent agent, and performs patent searches for prior art used in patent prosecution, clearance opinions and patent validity studies in the chemical and life science arts. He supports attorneys in the patent process by providing data to clients, which strengthens their position in determining whether to patent an inventive concept, whether they have freedom to operate, the state of the art of a specific technology market and if there is any white space within that technology market, as well as in intellectual property licensing negotiations, settlements and litigation.

Ao has experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications, with technology areas including chemical arts, material arts, fuel cells, and automobile technologies.  


Wayne State University Law School

J.D., Expected 2023

Wayne State University

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 2018

Xiangtan University

B. Eng, Polymer Materials and Engineering, 2013

Spoken Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese

Professional Involvement

  • Registered Patent Practitioner


Photosensitive Ru(II) Complexes as Inhibitors of the Major Human Drug Metabolizing Enzyme CYP3A4. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021, 143, 9191-9205.

Ru(II) Polypyridyl Complexes Derived from Tetradentate Ancillary Ligands for Effectively Photocaging. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2018, 51, 1415-1421.

Ru(II) Polypyridyl Complexes as Photocages for Bioactive Compounds Containing Nitriles and Aromatic Heterocycles. Chemical Communications, 2018, 54, 1280-1290.

Unusual Role of Excited State Mixing in the Enhancement of Photoinduced Ligand Exchange in Ru(II) Complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017, 139, 18295-18306.

Illuminating Cytochrome P450 Binding: Ru(II)-Caged Inhibitors of CYP17A1. Chemical Communications, 2017, 53, 3673-3676.

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