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Terri Shieh-Newton, PhD

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Education

  • Santa Clara University (JD, cum laude)
  • Johns Hopkins University (PhD, Cellular and Molecular Medicine)
  • Rice University (BA, Biochemistry)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Shieh-Newton has significant experience in a wide range of life sciences and clean technology industries that allows her to provide creative solutions and render business-savvy advice to her clients. Her practice focuses on patent strategy, comprehensive portfolio management, construction of valuable portfolios, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, interferences, and post-grant proceedings in the life sciences and clean technology sectors. She manages and conducts due diligences for both private and public companies and investors. Dr. Shieh-Newton has been the primary IP counsel on many deals on behalf of investment bankers and underwriters for IPOs and ATMs and other public offerings totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Dr. Shieh-Newton has also worked on a number of reverse mergers and also represented companies on their securities disclosures for offerings in the capital markets. She has also worked with venture capitalists on due diligence assessment for investments and landscape analysis for formation of new funds and companies.

In addition, Dr. Shieh-Newton’s practice includes assessing freedom-to-operate positions and rendering patentability and invalidity opinions. She has extensive experience in evaluating patent landscapes to advise clients seeking to enter competitive markets, as well as advising clients on third party challenges and risk mitigation strategies.  Dr. Shieh-Newton has worked on several biotechnology patent litigations.

Dr. Shieh-Newton has worked on a wide variety of technical areas including  antibodies, biologics and biosimilars, immune-oncology (including chimeric T-antigen receptors), immunotherapy, stem cells, regenerative medicine, gene therapy, synthetic biology, microbiomes, enzymes, protein engineering, protein production and therapeutics, vaccines and adjuvants, diagnostics and biomarkers, cancer, biofuels, microbial engineering, industrial fermentation, production of target chemical using biological processes, and quantum sensors, amongst other subject matters.  

Dr. Shieh-Newton has worked with emerging companies, universities, as well as larger companies.  Representative matters include work done for DuPont/Danisco/Genencor, Regeneron, Roche, Genentech, Goodyear Rubber & Tire Company, Ariosa, University of California, Stanford University.

Dr. Shieh-Newton was trained as an immunologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where her doctoral research focused on the early immune responses to HIV and SIV infection. Dr. Shieh-Newton was a student fellow with Nobel Laureates Dr. Joseph Goldstein and Dr. Michael Brown, researching farnesylated ras proteins.