Sylvia Yip, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

265 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110

Dr. Yip has drafted and prosecuted US and foreign patent applications for inventions in small-molecule pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical formulations, peptides, lipids, antibodies, nucleic acids, plant genetics, diagnostics, polymers, nanomaterials, catalysts, and medical devices. She has handled all aspects of patent prosecution for clientele of global/mid-sized/start-up pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as conducted various types of searches and reviews of patent and non-patent documents and other data for freedom-to-operate (FTO) analyses, patentability analyses, landscape analyses, IP due diligence and invalidity opinion work.

Prior to McCarter, Dr. Yip has worked at several general practice and IP boutique firms. Prior to her career in patent law, Dr. Yip conducted postdoctoral research at Emory University Department of Biochemistry and doctoral research at the Australian National University Research School of Chemistry. Her research was focused on engineering of microbial bioremediation enzymes.

Dr. Yip is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Indonesian and Malay. Additionally, she has a basic reading ability of Japanese and French.


  • Ph.D., The Australian National University, Chemistry (Biological and Organic), 2010
  • B.S., National University of Malaysia, Biochemistry, summa cum laude, 2006

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office