A mechanical engineer turned lawyer with international experience
Shuya Duan became a patent attorney because she enjoys learning about emerging technologies and advising industry innovators who are transforming their fields. As an associate at Patterson + Sheridan, she prepares and prosecutes patent applications involving artificial intelligence, machine learning, clean technologies, complex software, information technology, internet applications, and oil and gas tools. Taking a holistic approach when preparing an intellectual property strategy for clients, Shuya attempts to align an inventor’s desired patents with their business objectives to promote long-term growth.
Throughout her law practice, Shuya has worked with robotics and control systems, computer software, and some mechanical devices. She’s also drafted and prosecuted many patents involving software-related machine learning and robotic arms used in 3D printers. As a law clerk for the Judicial Branch of Connecticut, Shuya also gained valuable legal research experience and writing skills that she now applies to her patent writing process.
Prior to her law career, Shuya was a mechanical engineer with a focus on clean energy and sustainability. While working as an engineer in Hong Kong, Shuya helped improved the energy performance of her clients’ new and existing buidlings. She is also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified in Advanced Professional Building Design + Construction. She now leverages her technical skills to better understand her clients’ inventions and quickly distinguish how to frame the patent applications she drafts for them.
A keen eye for design detail
While pursuing her law degree, Shuya was the Executive Editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, and worked as an associate for the UCONN Intellectual Property Clinic conducting invention disclosure meetings to determine the patentability of inventions. While there, she offered her clients — who were mainly first-time inventors — technical and legal advice to improve their inventions and boost their patentability. While she cherished the opportunity to help many inventors get their start, it also helped her develop a keen eye for design detail. She is also knowledgeable in international IP law and received a Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award in Intellectual Property in the European Union during law school.
Shuya’s experience immigrating to the United States inspired her to give back to others in similar situations. In her spare time, she now performs pro bono work in immigration law. Shuya also enjoys painting, skiing, hiking and snuggling with her two cats. She is trilingual, and speaks fluent Mandarin and conversational Cantonese.
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