Aaron V. Gin

, Ph.D.


Aaron Gin, Ph.D. is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Dr. Gin has broad experience in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign applications for patents and trademarks. He provides advice in support of patent validity, infringement, patentability analyses, and litigation matters in the electrical and computing technology areas. Dr. Gin has experience with Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings and he has also authored amicus curiae briefs for patent cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dr. Gin joined MBHB as a technical advisor / patent agent and worked at the firm while attending law school. Prior to working at MBHB, he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). While at CINT and SNL, Dr. Gin conducted basic research into material growth, nanoscale fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic devices.

Dr. Gin is a named inventor on U.S. Patent Nos. 7,755,079 and 8,293,566: Strained-layer superlattice focal plane array having a planar structure.

  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University,

    Electrical and Computer Engineering; Dissertation: “Electron Beam Lithography for the Fabrication of Nanopillars in Type II InAs/GaSb Superlattices for Multicolor Infrared Focal Plane Arrays”

  • M.S., Stanford University,

    Electrical Engineering

  • B.S., Valparaiso University,

    Electrical and Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • District 181 Foundation Board


  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2017-2021
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellow
  • 2019 NAPABA Prospective Partners Program (1 of 10 selected nationwide)


  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications directed to optoelectronic devices, robots, artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning and neural networks), aerial vehicles, and automotive applications for a Fortune 100 technology company.
  • Representing an international research institute to prepare and prosecute patent applications directed to semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, and medical devices.
  • Building and managing a portfolio of patents and trademarks on behalf of a virtual reality startup company.
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company in multiple inter partes review (IPR) matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
  • Co-authoring a merits-stage amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of the United States relating to the issue of patent laches in representation of a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company.
  • Co-authoring merits and petition-stage briefs before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States relating to the issue of inequitable conduct.
  • Co-authoring a merits-stage amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court of the United States relating to interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).
  • Invited presenter on topics including: Protecting Software IP, Intentional IP Strategy for Startups, Patent Litigation Forum Selection, and Protecting Innovation at the Intersection of Software and Life Sciences.

Published Articles

Dr. Gin has authored over twenty refereed journal publications, thirty-five conference publications, and three book chapters.

Aaron V. Gin, Michael Krasniansky and Alexandra MacKenzie, A Look At The Patenting Trends For Artificial Intelligence, Law 360 (November 20, 2018).

Aaron V. Gin and Diego F. Freire, Who is the creator in AI?, Intellectual Property Magazine, September 2018.

Eric R. Moran, Aaron V. Gin, and Sanat Bhole, Supplemental Exam: Potential Benefits Vs. Guaranteed Risks, Law 360 (November 1, 2016).

Alison J. Baldwin and Aaron V. Gin, Inter Partes Review and Inter Partes Reexamination: More Than Just a Name Change, Intellectual Property Today 8-10 (February 2014).

M. Seo, S. Boubanga-Tombet, J. Yoo, Z. Ku, A.V. Gin, S.T. Picraux, S.R.J. Brueck, A.J. Taylor, R.P. Prasankumar, Ultrafast optical wide field microscopy, Optics Express 21(7) 8763-8772 (2013).

Shadi A. Dayeh, Jian Wang, Nan Li, Jian Yu Huang, Aaron V. Gin, and S. Thomas Picraux, Growth, Defect Formation, and Morphology Control of Germanium-Silicon Semiconductor Nanowire Heterostructures, Nano Letters, 11(10) 4200-4206 (2011).

Alon Gabbay, John Reno, Joel R. Wendt, Aaron Gin, Michael C. Wanke, Michael B. Sinclair, Eric Shaner, Igal Brener, Interaction between metamaterial resonators and intersubband transitions in semiconductor quantum wells, Applied Physics Letters 98 (20) 203103 (2011).

Nader A. Naderi, Frederic Grillot, Kai Yang, Jeremy B. Wright, Aaron Gin, Luke F. Lester, Two-color multi-section quantum dot distributed feedback laser, Optics Express 18 (26) 27028 (2010).

Nikolai G. Kalugin, Irakli Kalichava, James Fallt, Chris Del Barga, Chad Cooper, Juan G. Duque, Edward Gonzales, Stephen K. Doorn, Eric A. Shaner, Aaron V. Gin, The characterization of non-planar graphene nanowires with an Ω shape cross-section, Carbon 48 (12) 3405-3411 (2010).

Xiaoyu Miao, Brandon Passmore, Aaron Gin, William Langston, Shivashankar Vangala, William Goodhue, Eric Shaner and Igal Brener, Doping tunable resonance: Toward electrically tunable mid-infrared metamaterials, Applied Physics Letters 96(10) 101111 (2010).

A. Gin, J.R. Wendt, Electron Beam Lithography for the Nanofabrication of Optical Devices, Book chapter in Microoptics and Nanooptics Fabrication, edited by S.A. Kemme, ISBN 978-0849336768, CRC Press (2009).