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Timothy "Tim" J. Shea, Jr.


Timothy “Tim” J. Shea, Jr. is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Biotechnology/Chemical Practice Group where he has practiced for over 20 years and leads the firm’s biosimilar initiative.  Tim has extensive experience advising biopharmaceutical companies and research institutions on complex legal issues relating to the protection, enforcement and transfer of their intellectual property.  He practices primarily in the fields of immunology, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, medical diagnostics, biotherapeutics, and drug delivery.  He has extensive experience advising clients on the creation and management of strategic patent portfolios, freedom-to-operate and patentability issues, complex prosecution strategies, validity and infringement issues, and due diligence investigations in connection with acquisitions and investments.

A significant portion of Tim’s practice involves counseling emerging companies on strategies for creating, protecting and leveraging their IP assets to grow their businesses. He frequently advises clients on all aspects of technology transfer, including the drafting and negotiation of patent and technology license agreements, material transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, joint developments agreements, etc.  Tim is currently Vice-Chair of the Life Sciences Committee for Licensing Executives Society International, an international network of IP licensing professionals. He also serves as the Executive Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

Tim is also is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017, the book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice. This second edition of Patent Office Litigation is the follow up to the first version of the book that was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw that focused on the contested proceedings that were introduced under the America Invents Act that year.

Prior to attending law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Tim worked for several years in the biotech industry in the areas of medical diagnostics and genetic profiling. He earned his B.S. in biology from Washington & Lee University.

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Chicago-Kent College of Law
with high honors, order of the coif
Washington & Lee University


District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States Patent & Trademark Office