Neil P. Shull, Ph.D., is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. He has significant experience in the preparation and filing of petitions for inter partes review under the America Invents Act and has been involved in the drafting of more than a dozen petitions so far. Neil also has extensive experience in both inter partes and ex partes reexamination proceedings representing both patent owners and third party requesters.
Neil has more than a decade of experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications and in assisting with the preparation of freedom-to-operate, patentability, validity, and non-infringement opinions. He counsels clients in the technical areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Neil worked as a patent agent while attending law school at The George Washington University. Prior to law school, he was a licensing associate at the University of Rochester Medical Center Office of Technology Transfer, where he managed a patent and licensing portfolio of technologies in the areas of neuroscience, immunology, biomarkers, cell lines and gene therapy vectors.
During graduate school at the University of Rochester, Neil was involved in the characterization of a metabolic pathway of a previously unknown small molecule produced during tRNA splicing in yeast. Neil has laboratory experience in enzymology, chromatography, genomics, cloning, protein purification and yeast genetics. Neil earned his B.S. in chemistry, magna cum laude, from the University of Northern Iowa.