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Tom Pan, Ph.D.

Tom Pan, Ph.D. is a patent scientist in our San Diego office. Prior to joining the firm, Tom worked in the engineering industry developing products and manufacturing processes. With a strong interest in inventions and IP protection, he regularly performed competitive analysis for new designs and determined patentability for inventive ideas. He also drafted patent applications by applying his deep understanding of the subject matters and engineering principles. Tom’s focus is electro-mechanical products. Specifically, his expertise covers mechanical structures and systems, materials, heat transfer and fluid flow, thermodynamics, and imaging systems.

Brigham Young University, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
Huazhong University of Science & Technology, M.S., Materials Science
Huazhong University of Science & Technology, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Chemical, Industrial & Materials

Automation & Robotics

Building Construction

Building Products & Materials

Concrete & Aggregates

Construction & Home Improvement


Fuel Cells & Batteries



HVAC & Passive Ventilation


Machine Shops




Pool & Spa




Electrical, Semiconductor & Computer Technology

Electronics & Semiconductors


Clean Technology

Drinking Water Treatment

Energy Conservation

Energy Efficient Technologies

Green Building & Construction

Green Transportation



Solar Power

Water Conservation

Wind Power

Media, Advertising & Entertainment

Musical Instruments and Accessories

Medical Devices & Procedures

Ablation Technology

Aesthetics & Implants

AI & Machine Learning



Cardiac Assist Device (E.g., LVAD & Heart Pumps)


Catheters & Probes

Dental Devices

Flow Diverter



Infusion Pumps

Mobility Preservation


Structural Heart

Surgical Equipment

Tissue Engineering


Transportation & Vehicles

Aerospace & Space Technology

Air conditioning / Heating systems

Auto Care

Automotive Transportation & Powersports


Brake Systems

Diagnostic Equipment

Electronics (Audio / Video, Communication, Navigation, Security)


Engines & Engine Components

Filters (Air, Fuel, Oil)

Fleet Management


Passenger Transportation

Personal Motorized Recreation Vehicles (ATVs, Snow Vehicles, Personal Watercraft)


Suspension Components

Tools & Equipment

Transportation Equipment

Design Patents
IP Strategy
Opinions Counseling
Patent Strategy & Prosecution
Tech Transactions
U.S. Patent Prosecution

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