Aeraj U. Haque

Patent Law Clerk


Aeraj U. Haque, Ph.D. is a patent agent with Foley & Lardner LLP. He offers an interdisciplinary background in mechanical, agricultural, and biological engineering, having a broad knowledge of business development, entrepreneurship, patent analysis, patent drafting, and IP due diligence. He is extensively experienced in biomedical diagnostic technologies, agricultural technologies, biosensors, nanotechnology, detectors, microfluidics, battery technologies, medical devices, automotive technologies, including emission systems and power generation. Dr. Haque is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice.

Dr. Haque has developed responses to U.S. and International Office Actions, third party letters to the USPTO for interference proceedings, IDS documents and declarations.

Prior to joining Foley, Dr. Haque has held positions as patent technical advisor and patent technical specialist with an international law firm. Dr. Haque performed prior art searches and analyzed results for patentability, invalidity and freedom to operate related matters. He also supported attorneys in organizing evidence in IP litigation.

In 2016, Dr. Haque co-founded and assumed the position of chief technologist at Argonne National Laboratory. He managed a DOE-funded incubator chain reaction innovations for early stage hard tech startups, developed strategic initiatives, built research programs, led the efforts to select startups for participating in the incubator, mentored entrepreneurs, and built partnerships with private investors and venture community to support the startups.

In 2012, Dr. Haque co-founded and served as CTO of Site-Diagnostics, a veterinary diagnostics company. This company was a fourth place winner in the New Venture Challenge (NVC) Business Plan competition sponsored by the University of Chicago and was also accepted in the UChicago incubator, Illinois Launch and Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM).


Dr. Haque earned his doctorate in agricultural and biological bioengineering from Purdue University (Ph.D., 2010), where he also completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering (M.S., 2006). During his doctoral pursuit, he received the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation (PSEF) Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the college of engineering. Dr. Haque received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from NED University (B.S., 2002).


Dr. Haque is registered to practice as a patent agent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Co-author, “Lab-on-a-Chip Approaches for Space-Biology Research,” Recent Patents on Space Technology, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (June 2013)
  • Co-author, “Hybrid Opto-electric Techniques for Molecular Diagnostics,” Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics, Vol. 12, No. 1 (January 2012)
  • Co-author, “Nanochannels for Nanofluidics: Fabrication Aspects,” Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology (2011)
  • Co-author, “Changes in gravity rapidly alter the magnitude and direction of a cellular calcium current,” Planta (2011)


Dr. Haque is fluent in Urdu and conversant in Hindi.