Tani Chen counsels clients in patent prosecution in a wide variety of areas, including biomolecular engineering, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, drug delivery, fuel cells, chemical processes, and analytical devices.
Prior to joining the firm, Tani was a Research Fellow with the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. His research was in the area of cell and tissue engineering, and focused on various engineering approaches for preserving biological materials, including under cryological conditions as well as under vacuum and desiccant conditions. He has co-authored several papers discussing techniques for storing mammalian cells at various temperatures by using custom-engineered proteins to internally load the cells with specific sugars that are able to form amorphous matrices upon dehydration.
Tani’s doctoral work focused on techniques for drug delivery across human skin, including using a pulsed, high-voltage electric field as an alternative to needle-based drug delivery systems. Aspects of his work included the design and optimization of the electrodes, molecular engineering of optimal drug molecules, and predicting the molecular flux across the skin as a function of the applied electrical parameters.
Tani has also performed several research studies and design projects as a consultant for the Dow Chemical Company, and the U.S. Army at the Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Laboratories.
"I was in my car driving home after a tough day. I was thinking about a tough licensing problem and asked Tani Chen to explain to me the value of a particular patent, and he really walked me through it step by step. He took me through the three stages of the technology and helped me understand the importance of each one from a business perspective. That he could explain that all to me while I was driving demonstrates that he could really simplify complex things in a way that I could understand."
Tani has repeatedly been named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” in the field of intellectual property law.
Tani has a patent in the area of controlling molecular transport under pulsed electric field conditions by adding certain chemicals during pulsing. He was also the lead author of two of the top 10 cited articles between 2000-2009 in the scientific journal Cryobiology.
Tani ran a weekly radio show for a number of years on WMBR, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s radio station. He also was involved in station management, and directed the training of new DJs at the station. A paper about some of his on-air work was published in the Skeptical Inquirer.