The Van Winkle Law Firm Welcomes Patent Agent Dr. Caitlyn M. Sun

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that Dr. Caitlyn M. Sun has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice group as a Patent Agent. Dr. Sun will work with the firm’s intellectual property team preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent Office. Before joining the firm, Dr. Sun was a member of a chemical engineering research group at Northwestern University followed by a bioengineering research group at Stanford University. In these roles, she primarily focused on analytical chemistry, biotechnology, and quality control in the biopharmaceutical industry.

A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, Dr. Sun earned her law degree in May of 2018. She has numerous published works in peer reviewed journals, including Macromolecules, the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science and Electrophoresis. Her experience in a research setting allows her to understand complex scientific concepts and articulate them to others.

“The firm is excited that Dr. Sun has joined our intellectual property practice group,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “Her scientific research experience makes her a valuable asset to our clients and team.”

The Van Winkle Law Firm’s intellectual property team provides years of experience in domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation. They work with entrepreneurs, start-ups and private and public companies on their inventions, business methods, commercial products, chemicals, materials and more. The intellectual property team is dedicated to protecting their clients’ patent, trademark and copyright interests.

For more than 100 years, the attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business, and litigation needs. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit