Dr. Gregory Zayia has 20 years of experience in the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications across diverse technologies, with particular emphasis on the chemical arts. His extensive experience and deep understanding of what it takes to translate creativity into robust and enforceable patents that can be leveraged and monetized make him a critical member of the client team.
Greg is highly experienced in virtually all aspects of the patent procurement process. His practice includes preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; handling appeals and oral arguments before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; conducting post-grant proceedings, including reexaminations and reissues, of granted U.S. patents; conducting all manner of patent searching including patentability, invalidity and freedom-to-operate; assisting clients with on-site invention disclosure harvesting; overseeing the filing and prosecution of foreign patent applications through a network of trusted associates; and advising clients on patent portfolio strategy.
Although his focus is primarily on patent procurement, Greg also provides technical counsel on pure and applied organic chemistry in support of litigation, opinion preparation and due diligence analyses.
In addition to his focus on the chemical arts, Greg is skilled in other technical fields including biotechnology, genetically modified plants, mechanical engineering, polymer science, food science, semiconductors, business methods, finance and telecommunications.
Upon completion of his graduate research, Greg began his career as a patent agent with Brinks Gilson & Lione in Chicago. His scientific discovery of the first general method for direct formylation of kinetically-generated ketone enolates is published in Organic Letters, and he is responsible for introducing 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl formate (Zayia’s Reagent) into the repertoire of synthetic organic chemists. He is also the editor of Ricci on Glissando: The Shortcut to Violin Technique, published by Indiana University Press.