Kelly Zeng


Zeng, Kelly

Kelly Zeng is an associate who focuses her practice on intellectual property matters. Ms. Zeng has represented clients in a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, network infrastructures, online advertising, business methods, medical devices and data management. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Zeng was an associate at another law firm in Washington DC where she was involved in IP litigation, patent prosecution and freedom-to-operate counseling. She also worked on trademark matters and provided opinions regarding regulatory compliance in healthcare.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Zeng was a computer scientist for the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, where she conducted research and analyses in medical informatics and health policies, with a focus on health data standards and clinical decision support. She has extensive knowledge in Electronic Health Records, HL7, RxNorm, LOINC and SNOMED. She collaborated with other government agencies, including ONC, FDA, CMS and VA, on drug medical terminologies and health information technology. Prior to NLM, Ms. Zeng interned at Microsoft and at IBM. From 2007 to 2014, Ms. Zeng was an invited reviewer for the American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium. 

Selected Publications  

  • Co-author, "Normalized Names for Clinical Drugs: RxNorm at 6 Years," 18 J. Am. Med. Informatics Ass'n 441, 441-48 (2011)
  • Co-author, "Building a Standards-Based and Collaborative E-Prescribing Tool - MyRxPad," 5 Int'l J. Data Mining & Bioinformatics 252, 252-65 (2011)
  • Co-author, "An E-Prescribing Subset for RxNorm: Understanding the Requirements," AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 1319 (2010)
  • Author, "Design and Implementation of a Personal Medication Record – MyMedicationList," AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 844, 844-48 (2008)
  • Author, "Integrating the UMLS into an RDF-Based Biomedical Knowledge Repository," AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 1170 (2007)
  • Co-author, "From "Glycosyltransferase" to "Congenital Muscular Dystrophy": Integrating Knowledge from NCBI Entrez Gene and the Gene Ontology," 129 Studies in Health Tech. & Informatics 1260, 1260-64 (2007)
  • Co-author, "Besides Precision & Recall: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Evaluating an Automatic Indexing Tool for MEDLINE," AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 589, 589-93 (2006)



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JD, with honors, George Washington University Law School, 2014

MS, Computer Science, University of Maryland at College Park, 2000, Graduate Fellowship

BA, Computer Science, magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College, 1998, Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


United States Patent and Trademark Office


Chinese (Mandarin)

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