Shannon Reaney

Shannon Reaney


Occidental College (B.A., 1997)
University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D., 2002)
Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 2008)

Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Shannon Reaney is head of the firm’s Chemistry Patent Practice Group. She counsels companies in the life science, agricultural, and materials science industries.

Shannon develops and manages global patent portfolios to align with specific business needs. Her practice specializes in patent matters in the areas of organic chemistry, with a particular technical emphasis on small molecule pharmaceuticals, polymers, formulations, and agricultural products.

With 15 years of experience in the patent field, Shannon has a keen understanding of how to build and strengthen a patent portfolio and how to assess and manage third party intellectual property assets. She develops and manages large patent portfolios for mid-size to large companies and provides strategic advice on lifecycle management. She assists smaller clients with securing foundation intellectual property and with strategic positioning for investment or partnering opportunities. Shannon also has extensive experience with strategies relating to Patent Term Extension and Patent Term Adjustment.

Shannon facilitates business transactions and in-licensing opportunities through investor side and defensive due diligence. She has been a member of the firm’s Venture Intellectual Property Group since its inception and has conducted numerous due diligence evaluations for investors evaluating life science companies in areas such as oncology, neurodegeneration, and cardiology. Shannon recently joined the AIPLA Chemical Practice Committee, where members consider and discuss aspects of patent law as they affect chemical-based technologies, including chemical manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. The Committee has extensive subcommittees with focuses ranging from judicial and administrative decisions to USPTO practice, and from corporate practice to international practice.

Shannon received her J.D. from Santa Clara University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her doctoral research concentrated on synthetic organic methodology and the use of lithium aminoborohydrides in novel hydride and amine transfer reactions. Prior to and throughout law school, Shannon was a patent agent at Morrison & Foerster. Shannon has published several first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at numerous conferences, including those sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress. She received a B.A. degree in biochemistry from Occidental College, where she conducted undergraduate research investigating psoralen-DNA intercalation.

Shannon is recommended by Legal 500 US 2017 and 2018 in the practice area of Patents: Licensing.

Shannon is admitted to practice in California and in front of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Shannon is recommended by Legal 500 US 2017 and 2018 in the practice area of Patents: Licensing.

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