Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle

Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox
Neil P. Shull, Ph.D.

Mind + Muscle

Neil P. Shull, Ph.D.



Dr. Shull is an associate in the Biotechnology/Chemical 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. Dr. Shull also has extensive experience in both inter partes and ex partes reexamination proceedings representing both Patent Owners and Third Party Requesters.

Dr. Shull also has almost 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, Goldstein and Fox, Dr. Shull worked as a patent agent for another law firm while attending law school.  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, Dr. Shull was involved in the characterization of a metabolic pathway of a previously unknown small molecule produced during tRNA splicing in yeast.  Dr. Shull has laboratory experience in enzymology, chromatography, genomics, cloning, protein purification and yeast genetics.

  • Admissions
      • Virginia

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

      • District of Columbia

  • Education
    • J.D., The George Washington University

    • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Rochester

    • B.S., Chemistry, University of Northern Iowa magna cum laude


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