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Dr. Shuo Liu

Associate, Patents and Innovations

Fish IP Law

Dr. Shuo Liu is an associate attorney at Fish IP Law. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and J.D. with honors from Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school, he served as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable Senior District Judge Susan Illston and the Honorable Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

He has prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technology fields with a focus on life sciences, including, for example, diagnostic and medical devices, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, stem cells, chemical manufacturing, and agricultural and food products. Over the years, he has developed an examiner-focused prosecution approach aimed at maximizing the chances of approval of foundational patent applications in a client’s patent portfolio. He is especially experienced in developing global patent strategies based on competitive landscape and being attentive to different requirements in foreign jurisdictions.

Recent Articles by Dr. Shuo Liu

Peloton’s Online Exercise Class Patents: Past, Present and Future

Peloton Interactive, Inc. is a popular fitness company that offers high-end stationary bikes, treadmills, and online exercise classes. The demand for online exercise classes increased significantly during the pandemic, and so did Peloton’s market cap. With over 4 million members and quarterly revenue over $1 billion, Peloton has become a leader in the online fitness industry. Peloton secured certain patent rights in the United States with respect to online exercise classes during the early years of its development and has continuously expanded its patent portfolio. Its online exercise patents claim methods and systems that enable users to virtually compare with and compete against other users. This article explores the prosecution history of these patents, their current challenges under inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, and possible future developments.

Patents on Transactions Using Cryptocurrency: Square versus PayPal

Cryptocurrencies are virtual currencies based on blockchain technology that uses a network of computers to keep a public ledger of past transactions. The most popular cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, which some believe could replace bonds and serve as a reserve currency in the future. The value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed over recent years, as major companies are buying into it. In February 2021, Tesla Inc. bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and announced plans to start accepting the currency as payment for its electric vehicles. Since Bitcoin has the potential to be used directly in commercial transactions, fintech companies are developing and patenting related technologies.