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Dr. Carly A. Shanahan to Discuss Patent Agent Privilege at JPPCLE

April 18, 2016

The Philadelphia intellectual property attorneys of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP are pleased to announce that Dr. Carly A. Shanahan will speak at the 32nd annual Joint Patent Practice CLE on April 21 in New York. Panitch Schwarze also is a sponsor of the event.

Shanahan will appear as part of a panel focusing on USPTO practice. Her session is entitled “In re Queen’s University at Kingston: Whether to Recognize Patent Agent Privilege.” She will discuss the March 7, 2016 Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decision that ruled that communications between a patent agent and a client are privileged.

Shanahan is a member of the life sciences practice group at Panitch Schwarze. A registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, she focuses her practice on the prosecution of patent applications and assists in due diligence, patentability and freedom to operate analyses in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals  and biotechnology.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Shanahan went on to earn a doctorate in chemistry, with a focus in organic chemistry and chemical biology, from Yale University. Prior to joining Panitch Schwarze, she was a graduate research assistant and teaching fellow at Yale University where she focused her research efforts on the synthesis of cyclic dinucleotide RNAs and the use of these molecules to investigate bacterial second messenger signaling. Shanahan is currently an evening student at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, and is expected to receive her J.D. in 2018.

The Joint Patent Practice Continuing Legal Education, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating the sharing of knowledge and best practices regarding patent law and legal practice. Its annual, one-day seminar attracts leading practitioners in patent law from across the country. The program will begin with comments from Andrew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents for the USPTO, and the keynote will be delivered by Kathleen M. O’Malley, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

“We are proud to support the important work that JPPCLE does to advance knowledge and understanding of patent law,” said Weihong Hsing, Ph.D., J.D., who heads the firm’s life sciences practice.

About Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP is a boutique intellectual property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. The firm’s IP law practitioners provide strategic litigation, licensing and counseling service relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, domain names and Internet issues domestically and internationally. The firm’s long-standing relationships with a network of associates worldwide enable its attorneys and advisors to provide clients with global intellectual property advice and protection.

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