Cai, Yu Ph.D.

One East WashingtonSuite 1200Phoenix, AZ 85004

Updated: 07/05/2016


Yu Cai has a unique understanding of how the life sciences and technology industries intersect in today's competitive business world. Both a Ph.D. and an attorney, Yu works closely with businesses as well as universities and research institutes to assist them with patent procurement, counseling, planning, and patent portfolio management. Fluent in Mandarin, Yu also assists clients on international matters relating to patents, litigation, and corporate transactions that require not only her...


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Current Employment Position(s)

  • Associate

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Patent Prosecution


Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2009
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Science & Technology Law Section, Business Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Arizona Asian American Bar Association (Scholarship Selection Committee)
  • Arizona BioIndustry Association (Algae Workgroup Sub-committee)
  • China-U.S. Conference on Workforce Development Steering Committee


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America┬«, 2013
  • Biotechnology Law, 2014

Classes and Seminars

  • Intellectual Property Rights in China, ASU Center of Law Science & Innovation, Presenter, - 2010


  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, 2009
    Honors: Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
    Honors: Dean's Award
    Honors: Arizona Asian American Bar Association 2009 Thomas Tang Law Scholarship
    Law Journal: Jurimetrics, the Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, Production Editor
  • University of Arizona, 2006
    Major: Plant Sciences and Genetics
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2000
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1997
    Major: Biochemistry Engineering


Published Works

  • A Dominant Mutation in mop2, One of Three Second-Largest Subunits of a Plant-Specific RNA Polymerase, Disrupts Multiple siRNA Silencing Processes, (Co-Author), PLoS Genetics 5(11): e1000725. doi: 10.1371/Journal.Pgen. 1000725, 2009
  • Ethical Implications of Epigenetic Research, (Co-Author), Nature Reviews Genetics, April, 2009
  • The Ghost in Our Genes: Legal and Ethical Implications of Epigenetics, (Co-Author), Heath Matrix, 2009
  • Using Hindsight in Determining Patent Obviousness: Observations on PharmaStem v. ViaCell Jurimetrics, 2008
  • Molecular Characterization of mop2, a Gene Required for Epigenetic Silencing, Dissertation, 2006
  • Insight into a maize 29-cM highly syntenic region to rice revealed by BAC skim sequencing, Presenter, 2006
  • VdNEP, an Elicitor from Verticillium dahlia, Induces Cotton Plant Wilting, (Co-Author), Appl Environ Microbiol, 2004
  • A cDNA Clone for beta-caryophyllene Synthase from Artemisia Annua, (Co-Author), Phytochemistry, 2002

Office Information


One East WashingtonSuite 1200Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • 602-264-7033


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