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 Eric Cai, Ph.D., J.D.

 Of Counsel

Mobile: 301.395.6590

Fax: 703.935.1394




Dr. Eric Cai has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, polymer science, and material sciences.   Some of the subject matters Eric has addressed include antiviral compounds and compositions, combination drugs for treatment of cold and flu, compounds exhibiting receptor agonism, enzyme inhibiting compounds and compositions, gene profiling for identification of tumor tissue, molecules that promote hematopoiesis, new derivatives of antibiotics,novel lithium-based high energy batteries, and cosmetic polymer compositions, products, and treatment processes. 

Another important part of Eric's practice is strategic counseling.  In this respect, he has prepared infringement, validity, and duty of disclosure opinions in various technology fields.  He has experience in acquisition-related IP due diligence investigation.   Eric is also familiar with  ANDA application and patent infringement as well as FDA regulations on forms of active pharmaceutical ingredients (crystalline, amorphous, solvate, hydrate, etc.).
Prior to joining Anova Law, Eric worked at the intellectual property law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.  From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Cai worked as a visiting fellow and research fellow in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he conducted researches in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemistry, studied how polycyclic aromatic compounds bind to DNA fragments to cause DNA damages that lead to cancer, and investigated the structures, activities, and reaction mechanisms of enzymes and nucleotides, using analytical techniques including SDS-PAGE, Mass-spectrometry, NMR, HPLC, UV-vis, radioactive labeling and imaging.
Dr. Cai received J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, where he received Merit-based Georgetown University Law Center Scholarship for three consecutive years.  At Georgetown, Eric was also the journal editor for the American Criminal Law Review.  Eric Cai earned his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park.  In his Ph.D. research, Eric synthesized organic compounds; discovered novel self-assembled nucleic acid derivatives; and characterized complicate self-assembled supra-molecular structures using NMR, Mass-spectrometry, extraction, membrane transport, and X-ray crystography.  He also applied nanotechnology for extraction and membrane transport of nuclear waste components, in environmental research project funded by the Department of Energy.




J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland
B.S., Chemistry, Peking University



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