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Shann Kerner, Ph.D

Dr. Shann Kerner has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property law representing life sciences companies. She specializes in patent portfolio counseling and procurement, management, leverage, and IP protection, as well as IP due diligence in connection with venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and startup creation. Dr. Kerner also performs internal audits, and infringement, validity, landscape, patentability, inventorship, and white space opinions and analyses.

Dr. Kerner’s technical expertise includes molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, virology, cell biology, neurology and plant biology. She represents emerging and established private and public biotechnology and pharma clients in the fields of cancer and inflammatory disorders, gene therapy, early and late stage disease diagnostics and therapeutics, drug delivery, ophthalmology, antioxidants,  antibodies, stem cells, implantable medical devices, and many others.

Prior to practicing law, Dr. Kerner held a joint appointment as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Department of Neuropathology and at Boston Children's Hospital, Department of Developmental Neuropathology. 

Her notable experience includes: 

  • Counseling life science companies in developing and implementing IP strategies that protect their business aims.

  • Creating and protection of patent portfolios worldwide for a number of startup biotechnology and life sciences companies.

  • Offensive and defensive protection of a European company from multinational infringement.

  • Creating trade secret policies for emerging companies.

  • Providing IP litigation support for several public life sciences companies.

  • Performing IP diligence for a number of emerging and public life sciences  companies

Court Memberships

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Patent Law Association, Member, Biotechnology Committee Co-Chair, 2008- 2010
  • Licensing Executives Society, Member
  • US/Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Board of Directors

Publications

Presentations

  • Panelist, The Evolving Aftermath of Licensing Agreements: Keeping Track of What is Important to Ensure Their Success
  • Speaker, Post Licensing Issues: What Happens After the License is Signed, AUTM Eastern Regional Meeting
  • Speaker, Creating and Monetizing Intellectual Property
  • Speaker, U.S./Russia Cross-border Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry
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  • Boston

    28 State Street
    Suite 700
    Boston, MA 02109
F: 857.300.4001

Assistant

Amanda Vazquez
857.300.4080

Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D. 

University of Connecticut Medical School, Ph.D.

Boston University, A.B.

Languages

  • French