Patent attorney who draws on her biotechnology background
Kelley Sheehan is an associate at Patterson + Sheridan, where she prepares and prosecutes patent applications involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, machine learning, information technology, medical devices and procedures. Her background in clinical research allows her to understand emerging technologies and distill complex information to help her clients protect their intellectual property assets.
Before becoming a USPTO patent agent and patent attorney, Kelley was a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). During her time in the pharmaceutical and biotechnologies industry, Kelley acted as lead CRA on Phase 3 clinical trials for a novel small-molecule pharmaceutical used to treat knee osteoarthritis. Her work in clinical research taught her the importance of precision and communication.
Kelley enjoys practicing IP law because it continually exposes her to cutting-edge technology and allows her to bring her client’s ideas to life. While pursuing her law degree at the University of San Diego School of Law, Kelley served as comment editor of the San Diego International Law Journal, President of USD Intellectual Property Law Association and received CALI Excellence Awards in Patent Prosecution, Contract Drafting and Artificial Intelligence courses. The journal also published an article she wrote on artificial intelligence patents in the international community.
Prioritizing each client, every time
To maintain a good practice, Kelley believes IP lawyers must understand how to prioritize every client. She brings the same enthusiasm to each project to help inventors draft patent applications that meet their unique needs. She constantly challenges them to think outside the scope of their invention and its intended use to provide them greater IP protection.
In her spare time, Kelley loves to volunteer at a local dog rescue and enjoys traveling. She has been to Japan, New Zealand and Portugal, as well as more than 30 U.S. states. Kelley hopes to one day hike Patagonia and visit China.