Vivian Tian’s practice includes work on both patent prosecution and litigation matters for a wide variety of clients, ranging from emerging companies to large, international concerns. As an associate, Vivian’s role entails providing research, drafting, and operational support for the firm’s clients and their matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Vivian was a summer associate at Rothwell Figg, where she researched legal matters, assisted in preparation for client meetings, and conducted patent landscape reviews for provisional patent applications. She spent another summer of law school at a law firm in South Carolina where she prepared instruction letters to foreign associates in response to international patent office actions and researched and drafted claims in various fields of art. Her experience also includes time at the Google Legal Summer Institute as a Google Legal Scholar where she performed hands-on claim analysis for computer science patent applications; Boehringer Ingelheim as a summer intern where she conducted research in the field of cellular biology; and the Johnson Group at MIT as an undergraduate researcher where she researched surface modification methods.

Vivian has a S.B. degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biology from MIT. This scientific training makes her exceptionally conversant in the underlying science and technology of the cases she works on, particularly those on behalf of the firm’s many pharmaceutical clients. 

At Rothwell Figg, Vivian is a kind of legal pinch-hitter, working on a wide range of discrete assignments. With respect to litigation matters, her work ranges from researching key legal and factual issues, to assisting with preparing pleadings and other filings, to working on due diligence matters. She also handles some prosecution matters, including drafting analysis letters and Office Action responses. 

A careful, thorough, and diligent researcher and writer, Vivian excels at distilling complex technical and legal issues down into meaningful, concise summaries. She is, unsurprisingly, particularly skilled at working with complex scientific topics, translating them into pleadings, filings, and other court submissions that simultaneously frame issues in ways that fact-finders can easily grasp, and clients find useful and accurate.

Thanks to her extensive scientific background, Vivian is often able to discern innovative approaches to the matters she helps handle. By integrating this capability with a diligent, thorough approach to research – the raw material of patent law – she is an associate both senior attorneys and clients have come to rely on to help handle the most sensitive, complex matters.



Vivian Tian, Note, Patents in the New Tax Regime: Revising the Capital Gain Carve-out, 47 AIPLA Q.J 609 (2019).


J.D., The George Washington University Law School 

S.B., Chemical Engineering with Minor in Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  


  • Mandarin Chinese (conversational fluency)

Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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