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Frank Amini is an associate in Winstead's Intellectual Property Practice Group with substantial experience in patent prosecution. Frank has written and prosecuted numerous patent applications in various technological areas, including nanotechnology, oncology, gene expression, protein purification, stem cell biology, metabolism, small molecules, drug delivery agents, energy storage devices, medical devices and mechanical devices. Examples of some of Frank's patent prosecution experience are as follows:

  • Fabrication of various carbon nanomaterials (e.g., carbon nanotubes, graphenes, graphene nanoribbons, graphene oxides, graphene quantum dots, graphene nanoplatelets, etc.);
  • Use of carbon nanomaterials for water and air purification;
  • Use of carbon nanomaterials for imaging, purifying and detecting hydrocarbons;
  • Use of carbon nanomaterials for the delivery of active agents into cells;
  • Use of carbon nanomaterials for the fabrication of energy storage devices; and
  • Use of small molecules for chemical detection, imaging, and enzyme inhibition.

Prior to joining Winstead, Frank was a technical specialist at a Chicago law firm, where he assisted attorneys with the evaluation and management of various patent litigation cases in different technological areas, including pharmaceuticals, bio-therapeutics, medical devices, and mechanical devices. Frank also began his legal studies in Chicago. Prior to that, Frank worked on the development of a novel protein labeling method as a graduate student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Frank has also served as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where he conducted research on the role of a novel protein on the regulation of gene expression in mice. In addition, he has research experience in the field of microbial genetics.

Co-author of the WinTech blog, which provides legal insight for start-up and established technology businesses. 

Representative Experience

  • Patent Prosecution

Publications

  • Amini, F. Protein Proximity Labeling Mediated by Genetically Encoded Peptide Tags. 2003. Thesis. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • Amini, F., Denison, C., Lin, H., Kuo, L., and T. Kodadek. 2003. Quantitative characterization of protein-protein and protein-peptide complexes using oxidative cross-linking and proximity labeling. Chemistry and Biology. 10(11):1115-1127.
  • Amini, F., Kodadek, T., and K. Brown. 2002. Protein affinity labeling mediated by genetically encoded peptide tags. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 41(2):356-359.
  • Fancy, D.A., Denison, C., Kim, K., Xie, Y., Holdeman, T., Amini, F., and T. Kodadek. 2000. Scope, limitations and mechanistic aspects of photo-induced cross-linking of proteins by water-soluble metal complexes. Chemistry and Biology. 7(9):697-708.
  • Amini, F. and J. R. Walker. 1997. Characterization of a mutant dnaA-dnaN region that suppresses a temperature sensitive defect in the dnaX gene of Salmonella typhimurium. Proceedings of National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 11:765-768.

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