Intellectual Property


Dr. Shan Liu is a patent agent in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Shan focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and patent due diligence for clients in the life sciences sector. She has extensive scientific experience in synthetic organic chemistry, drug discovery, physical chemistry, spectroscopy, carbohydrates, structural biology, and cancer biology.

Prior to joining the firm, Shan worked as a patent agent/technology specialist in a Boston-based law firm, where she drafted and prosecuted patent applications for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Shan started her patent law career as a patent agent/fellow at the Office of Technology Development in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she evaluated vaccine inventions for patent protection, drafted research agreements, and marketed technologies for collaboration and licensing. While at the NIH, Shan completed the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) technology transfer certification program.

Shan received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia, where she synthesized small-molecule substrates and screened their interactions with a glycoprotein target for structure-based drug design. Subsequently, Shan joined the National Cancer Institute of the NIH and conducted her postdoctoral training in investigating protein-protein interactions involved in carcinogenesis.

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2018
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Georgia, 2008
  • B.S., Chemistry, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2003
  • Co-author, "FDA's Proposed Rules to Address Inaccurate Orange Book Use Codes May Shorten Approval Timelines for Select 505(b)(2) and Generic Drugs," Generic Pharma 2.0, July 15, 2015
  • Co-author with D.M. Hoffmeister, V. Norviel, P. Girinath, and C. Andres, "There's a Lot to Like About Hamburg's Legacy at the FDA," Law360, February 9, 2015
  • First author with Y. Chen, J. Li, T. Huang, S. Tarasov, A. King, A.M. Weissman, R.A. Byrd, and R. Das, "Promiscuous Interactions of gp78 E3 Ligase CUE Domain with Polyubiquitin Chains Aid Ubiquitination of Substrates," 20(12) Structure 2138-50, 2012
  • First author with L. Meng, K. Moremen, and J. Prestegard, "NMR Structural Characterization of the Substrates Bound to Alpha-2, 6-Sialyltransferase ST6Gal1," 48(47) Biochemistry 11211-11219, 2009
  • First author with A. Venot, L. Meng, F. Tian, K. Moremen, G. Boons, and J. Prestegard, "Spin-Labeled Analogs of CMP-NeuAc as NMR Probes of the Alpha-2, 6-Sialyltransferase ST6Gal1," 14(4) Chemistry & Biology (CELL) 409-418, 2007
  • Practice supervised by a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia
  • Not admitted in the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Phone | 202-973-8854

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