Our Professionals
David K. Ho, Ph.D.
Bar Admissions

State of Maryland

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


J.D. (2005)
American University

Ph.D. (1985)
Purdue University (Medicinal Chemistry)

B.A. (1977)
Indiana University (Chemistry & Biology)

David K. Ho, Ph.D., J.D.

Patent Attorney


*Practice limited to matters at federal courts and agencies, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Focus

David K. Ho, Ph.D., J.D. is a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Ho handles different stages of the patent application process and focuses on technologies related to:

  • Material sciences (amorphous paramagnetic alloy components and applications, semiconductor light-emitting diodes, and photovoltaic materials)
  • Consumer products (golf balls, textile materials, filtration membranes, coatings, fuel cell storages, optical lenses and skin care products)

  • Chemistry (organic molecules, pharmaceutical compositions, bioactive natural products, industrial chemical processes, polymers, carbon nanotubes and oligonucleotide synthesis)
  • Biotechnology (protein folding and shape analysis, short peptides, regulation of protein kinases, monoclonal antibodies, cell lines, biomedical devices and reporters of biological assays)


Prior to his legal career, Dr. Ho was a scientific researcher at the Ohio State University and the National Cancer Institute. His research focused on the synthesis and discovery of natural anticancer and cancer preventive compounds, as well as the synthesis and design of antitumor drugs and anti-AIDS drugs. He is a co-inventor of methods of treating breast cancer cells using geldanamycin-monoclonal antibody immunoconjugates (U.S. Patents 6,747,055 and 7,026,350).

Dr. Ho has published 23 abstracts of presentations at international and national scientific meetings. He has also published 2 legal newsletter articles, and 1 legal journal article in J. Biolaw and Business. In addition, he has published 24 scientific articles in journals such as J. Organic Chemistry, Tetrahedron Letters, J. Natural Products, J. National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, Carcinogenesis, and Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Dr. Ho enjoys listening to classical music and plays the viola for his community orchestra. He also appreciates movies from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, as they represent the cultural background of his neighbors.

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