Frank Gao has counseled corporate clients and individual inventors in a wide variety of patent matters, securing patents in chemical, mechanical, material science, and medical technologies. His specialty is patent drafting, prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios related to polymers, surfactants, ceramics, single crystals, polycrystalline materials, physical vapor deposition (PVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD), drilling cutters, polycrystalline diamonds (PCD), polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN), super hard materials, grinding wheels, surface etched diamond crystals, glass coating, CVD coatings, and PVD coatings.

Legal and technical experience

Prior to joining the Beem Team, Frank worked for another prominent Chicago patent law firm and he was in-house patent counsel at Sandvik. Before entering law school, Frank worked at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) editorial division, where he analyzed and built database entries for patents in fields of pharmaceuticals, polymer, and material science, as well as supervised associates on building databases projects, and reengineering entry input system. Frank also worked at Princeton Biomolecules where he synthesized customized peptides via solid-state synthesis for pharmaceutical companies and research institutes and universities.

At Ohio State University, Frank prepared a series of novel Schiff bases as chiral ligands via multi-step synthesis and purified imine products by recrystallization as an alternative to chromatography. At Weizmann Institute of Science, Frank made organometallic copper (II) and iron (III) complexes, maintained continuous wave and X-band Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) equipment and supported construction of W band pulsed EPR, and constructed and optimized Pulsed EPR probes.

Education and professional experience

Admitted: 2009, Illinois; registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Languages: Chinese (native), English (excellent), Japanese (conversational).
Member: Columbus Intellectual Property Law Association Vice President 2014-2015; Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio (APABA‐CO) 2009-2014; National Hemophilia Foundation Board member 2013‐2014; The Interfaith Legal Clinic, Columbus, Ohio 2009; Science demonstrator in Columbus City Schools through Wonders of Our World (WOW).

Capital University Law School, J.D.
The Ohio State University, M.S., Organic Chemistry
Weizman Institute of Science, Research Assistant (Ph.D. Candidate) in Chemical Physics
Jilin Universtiy, M.S., Inorganic Chemistry; B.S., Organic Chemistry