Shawn P. Foley

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3205

"Successfully practicing law requires dedication, composure and juggling. Every client expects and deserves nothing less than your very best."

Overview

At this point in a solid legal career, a lawyer should have a litany of success stories. What Shawn Foley is especially proud of, however, are the versatility he has gained and the ability to listen, all of which enables him to effectively represent clients who have diverse technologies, business and legal goals and personalities.

With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Shawn brings refined legal and advocacy skills and technical versatility. His approach to patent procurement is practical, cost effective, distinctly business-oriented and personable.

Over the course of his career and particularly since joining Burns & Levinson in 2016, Shawn has been immersed in pharmaceuticals and life sciences. He routinely conducts due diligence and freedom to operate studies in connection with small molecules and immunotherapeutics, including peptides, CAR T and macrophages. He has authored numerous infringement and validity opinions. He devises and implements global strategies for preparing and prosecuting patent applications in these technology areas, notably small molecule inhibitors, bifunctional degraders (PROTACs), CAR T and therapeutic antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates, as well as cardiovascular drugs, personal care compositions and diagnostic assays (e.g., detection of COVID, cell-free nucleic acid and T cell activation). He represents entrepreneurs and start-ups, not-for-profit research institutions and universities, and Fortune 500 companies alike.       

Shawn began his career as an examiner with the U.S. Patent Office, where he reviewed patent applications during the emergence of the biotechnology field. After an initial 2-year stint with a leading Southeastern IP firm, he gained valuable corporate experience as counsel for Ciba-Geigy. At Ciba, Shawn was co-in house counsel for its agricultural biotechnology research division (now Syngenta Seeds), where he worked on a daily basis with management and scientists to gain patent protection for transgenic crop seed and to bring these first generation products to market. He also collaborated with colleagues in Switzerland and prosecuted patent applications directed to pharmaceuticals. Thus, Shawn has experienced many different aspects of the patent system.

Shawn has particularly enjoyed creating commercially valuable patent estates for a variety of clients. Patent estates that he has created have facilitated many licenses and outright acquisitions (e.g., by big pharma). He also has extensive experience in guiding clients and their products through the maze of third party patents. He prides himself in a communication style that is simple and direct. He is equally experienced and comfortable in making formal presentations to Boards of Directors as he is in dealing with in-house counsel and scientists. Although he has been successful in patent appeals and post-grant matters including European oppositions, Shawn’s familiarity with the inner workings of the Patent Office and his approach to prosecuting patents has enabled him to avoid resort to appeal except in rare situations.

Education & Admissions
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New Jersey

North Carolina

Education

J.D., George Mason University School of Law

B.A., Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

IAM Patent 1000 - World's Leading Patent Prosecution Professionals (2015)

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Intellectual Property Law (2011)

Memberships

Memberships

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

“Prolific Principal Investigators,” Moderator, 2019 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day, June 2019

"What Startup Founders Need to Know about Legal Issues," Speaker, ENET (The Boston Entrepreneurs' Network) Meeting, December 2018

"CAR-TCR Commercialization Track," Moderator, CAR-TCR Summit 2018, September 2018

"IP and Licensing: Navigating the Landscape," Speaker, 8th Annual World Bispecific Summit, September 2017

"IP and Licensing: Navigating the Landscape," Speaker, CAR-TCR Summit 2017, September 2017

Resources
Shawn P. Foley
Practices
  • Intellectual Property & IP Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent
Education

J.D., George Mason University School of Law

B.A., Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Admissions

Massachusetts

New Jersey

North Carolina

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