With deep expertise in electrical engineering and computer science, Aaron Gin, Ph.D., helps clients secure intellectual property rights for their innovative technologies. Dr. Gin prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign applications for patents and trademarks. He also advises clients on patent validity, infringement, and patentability.

Dr. Gin is engaged in the biggest debates in the patent law field and has weighed in with several amicus briefs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He also has experience with inter partes review proceedings.

The son of a chemical engineer and medical technologist, Dr. Gin has always had a passion for cutting-edge science and innovation. After earning his doctorate in electrical engineering, Dr. Gin worked as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies and Sandia National Laboratories, where he conducted basic research into material growth, nanoscale fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic devices. Dr. Gin discovered a new way to grow nanometer-thick multi-layered materials for use in next-generation infrared sensors and 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.

Dr. Gin is co-Chair of MBHB’s Recruiting Committee and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Outside of work, he enjoys cheering on and sometimes coaching his three daughters in basketball, soccer, softball, and dance. Dr. Gin is also a recreational runner and has completed the Chicago Marathon on numerous occasions.

  • 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 2017-2023
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
  • Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellow
  • 2019 NAPABA Prospective Partners Program (1 of 10 selected nationwide)


  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications related to optoelectronic devices, robots, artificial intelligence (e.g., machine learning and neural networks), aerial vehicles, and automotive applications for a Fortune 100 technology company.
  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications related to semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, and medical devices for an international research institute.
  • Secured portfolio of patents and trademarks for a virtual reality startup, which helped the company secure multiple rounds of financing.
  • Secured a favorable negotiated settlement for foreign appliance manufacturer in mediation over a trademark infringement and licensing dispute in the U.S.
  • Co-authored 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-authored 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-authored 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).
  • Co-authored two amicus briefs (more information here and here) before the Supreme Court of the United States focused on patent eligibility issues.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in petitioning multiple inter partes review (IPR) matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), resulting in a favorable settlement.

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).