Lin Sun, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

Liu, Chen & Hoffman LLP

Lin Sun, Ph.D.

A founding partner in Liu, Chen & Hoffman LLP, Dr. Lin Sun-Hoffman is a patent attorney with more than 20-year experience focused on innovative life sciences. Lin has deep knowledge in all aspects of patent practices, ranging from policy, patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, opinion work, through licensing and technology transfer negotiation.
Lin’s diverse background has prepared her to tackle the toughest challenges facing innovative life sciences companies today, starting with her time as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She left USPTO to serve as managing patent counsel at Celera Genomics before joining the Life Technologies Corporation (formerly Applied Biosystems, now ThermoFisher). She is a frequent speaker in China, the US, and Europe, including participation at the invitation of USPTO to speak at many conferences.
Lin also has over ten years of biomedical research experience including several years as a postdoctoral research fellow with several publications at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland. Lin currently serves Bay Area Chapter head for the BayHelix Group, Secretary General of US-China Green Energy Council, advisor for California Life Science Association FAST program and Stanford University SPARK program. Lin was President of the Chinese Bioscience Association in Silicon Valley in 2013, and President of the Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association (CBA) 2008-2009. Lin also served as Chief Advisor for Asia at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) during 2011-2015, and Chief Advisor for Asia at Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) during 2009-2011.
Lin was active in community activities including serving on the PTA executive council board (2015-2017) of Palo Alto School District, and taught underprivileged students in rural area Yunnan China with Bay Area based PEACH program.
Lin obtained her J.D., from University of Maryland School of Law (Maryland, U.S.); Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Reno (Nevada, U.S.); and B.S. in Biology, East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). She is admitted in Maryland and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.