Saxton & Stump adds another Ph.D. and Patent attorney to growing Intellectual Property Group

LANCASTER, Pa., November 6, 2023 — Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce the hire of Xiaoying “Snow” Zhang, Sr. Counsel, as an accomplished patent attorney, Ph.D., and entrepreneur. Zhang is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. In addition to her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, she earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from one of China’s top academic institutes. She is experienced in patent prosecution in technology areas such as life sciences, biopharma, chemistry, and chemical engineering, robotics, and AI. She previously worked as a project IP manager for a large Pittsburgh-based university. Before that, she held an in-house counsel position with a robotics company. Zhang has also held roles as a licensing manager for a university technology transfer office along with founding her own law firm and co-founding an artificial intelligence solutions company.

“The Intellectual Property Group is one of the fastest growing groups in the firm. The addition of yet another talented Ph.D. and patent attorney not only strengthens our commitment to providing our clients with high-quality representation but is a testament to the type of talent the firm continues to attract. Snow is highly credentialed and experienced and will bring tremendous value to our clients,” Saxton & Stump CEO James W. Saxton said.

Zhang is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Before attending law school, she worked as a research assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she focused her research on diabetes and pancreatic cell regeneration, as well as liver regeneration. 

The Saxton & Stump Intellectual Property Group helps clients define and protect innovations, branding, or creative works through the creation, implementation, transfer, and litigation of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The group works closely with multinational and international companies, manufacturers, franchises, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as individual entrepreneurs, startups, and creators.

Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth outlook

The firm was named one of the fastest growing law firms in Pennsylvania by The Legal Intelligencer in 2022. Overall, Saxton & Stump has grown to a team of more than 200 professionals, with nearly 110 attorneys. Recently, the firm has added established groups dedicated to education, public financefranchising licensing and distributioninvestigations and criminal defense and environmental, workplace safety and utilities.  

The firm continues to grow based on its strategic plan for 2023 and will continue to expand its current team of lawyers and professionals, focusing on bringing additional resources to support client needs.  Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. The firm is committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice