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Terri Shieh-Newton Named a National Law Journal IP Trailblazer

SAN FRANCISCO – Mintz is proud to announce that the National Law Journal named Member Terri Shieh-Newton, Ph.D., a nationally recognized IP attorney and a leading woman in the life sciences industry, a 2023 Intellectual Property Trailblazer. The IP Trailblazers list recognizes professionals working as agents of change in their practice areas.

When asked about what concepts have led her to becoming a trailblazer, Dr. Shieh-Newton referenced that she started working with Artificial Intelligence with life sciences applications about 3-4 years ago when she noticed some companies were using computational techniques to calculate or analyze their data and decided to learn more about computational methods and machine learning as well as to create a practice group dedicated to it within Mintz. She commented, “I knew that in order to provide the highest quality legal services to companies that had both biological and computational aspects, we needed a full team that had both of these capabilities integrated as a true working group.”

Dr. Shieh-Newton plays a strategic role for her clients as she guides their patent strategy, portfolio management and investments. She was trained as an immunologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and currently works with companies of all sizes in a wide range of life sciences, including Artificial Intelligence in life sciences and synthetic biology industries. She also has conducted hundreds of IP due diligence for companies and investors at all stages of investment with over $2 billion worth of investments.

Apart from being the founder and co-chair of Mintz's Life Science Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning group, she also holds the position of co-chair for the Minority Attorneys & Agents affinity group and actively participates on the Equity Advisory Committee, Women's Initiative Steering Committee, and the firm's Policy Committee.

In addition to this distinction, Dr. Shieh-Newton has been recognized by Chambers USA for Patent Prosecution, among the San Francisco Business Times “100 Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area," identified annually among the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by Intellectual Asset Magazine’s Patent 1000, and listed in The Legal 500 “United States for Healthcare: Life Sciences,” among others.

To learn more about the selection criteria for the National Law Journal’s IP Trailblazers list and to see the 2023 honorees, click here.

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