Jonathan Tong, Ph.D.

Patent Agent


700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20003

Dr. Jonathan Tong is a Patent Agent with Smith Baluch LLP. He focuses on patent prosecution, patentability analysis, freedom to operate analysis, and due diligence covering technologies related to photonics, optics, optoelectronics, materials science, mechanical design, thermal systems, semiconductor device fabrication, and machine learning.

Dr. Tong holds a Ph.D. (2016) and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His doctoral thesis focused on investigating novel morphological effects to spectrally shape, tune, and enhance radiative heat transfer in the near- and far-field regimes in application to energy-related technologies such as thermophotovoltaics (TPV) and infrared (IR) transparent fabrics for personal cooling.

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was a Patent Technical Advisor at a Boston-based law firm. Jonathan was also previously a Principal Scientist at BAE Systems, Inc. where he contributed to the development of a state-of-the-art instrument to detect counterfeit integrated circuitry using a combination of electron microscopy and x-ray tomography. He also worked on an ultrasound-based electroceutical device where he designed an acoustic matching layer to improve transmission of acoustic pulses into human tissue. Jonathan has authored and co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals and general audience science magazines on optics, photonics, and thermal science. He is also a co-inventor of several patents based on his work at BAE Systems, Inc. and MIT.

Dr. Tong is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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