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Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Peter H. Dykstra, Ph.D., is a patent agent in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Peter assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He also regularly performs invalidity and infringement analysis, and aids clients in their IP portfolio management. His technical areas of expertise include microfabrication techniques, MEMS, electrochemical sensors, optics, biomedical devices, and lab-on-a-chip devices. Peter has been involved in all phases of numerous inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board representing the petitioner and the patent owner. 

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Peter’s research was directly involved with the design, fabrication and testing of microfluidic devices providing electrochemical detection of DNA and protein samples. The devices provided an array of sensors for simultaneous DNA hybridization and protein detection assays. Peter also performed managerial duties for a cleanroom facility housing various pieces of microfabrication equipment at the University of Maryland.

Peter received his B.S., cum laude, in electrical engineering from Bucknell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He served on the Electrical and Computer Engineering department council while at the University of Maryland and was given an honorable mention recognition by the National Science Foundation for their Graduate Research Fellowship Award.

Technical Publications

  • P. H. Dykstra, V. Roy, C. Byrd, W. E. Bentley and R. Ghodssi, "Microfluidic Electrochemical Sensor Array for Characterizing Protein Interactions with Various Functionalized Surfaces," Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 83, No. 15, pp. 5920-5927, 2011.
  • S. T. Koev, P. H. Dykstra, X. Luo, G. W. Rubloff, W. E. Bentley, G. F. Payne and R. Ghodssi, “Chitosan: an integrative biomaterial for lab-on-a-chip devices,” Lab on a Chip, vol. 10, pp. 3026-3042, 2010.
  • P. Dykstra, J. Hao, S. T. Koev, G. F. Payne, L. Yu and R. Ghodssi, "An Optical MEMS Sensor Utilizing a Chitosan Film for Catechol Detection," Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. B138, No. 1, pp. 64-70, 2009.
  • X. W. Shi, C. Y. Yu, X. Yang, Y. Liu, P. Dykstra, G. W. Rubloff, R. Ghodssi, W. E. Bentley and G. F. Payne, “Electroaddressing of Cell Populations by Co-Deposition with Calcium Alginate Hydrogels,” Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 19, pp. 1-7, 2009.


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Electrical Engineering
University of Maryland
Electrical Engineering
Bucknell University
cum laude


United States Patent & Trademark Office