Robert D. Shereda Ph.D.
Patent Agent

“Capturing the essence of my clients’ brilliance and providing an exceptional value are the most important parts of my job.”

As an academic researcher and later in biotech, Rob Shereda has developed a knack for asking the right questions in the pursuit of detailed understanding of scientific problems and their solutions.  Focusing his practice on patent prosecution, particularly in the chemical and biological sciences, Rob brings similar tenacity and focus to Brinks.

A biochemist whose academic publications have been cited hundreds of times, Rob has drafted dozens of patent applications and prosecuted over a hundred more.  Academic, pharmaceutical, and medical device clients particularly appreciate the unique insights Rob brings to their applications. Using his extensive experience in chemistry and biology, Rob is equipped to provide clients with high-quality applications in fields as diverse as small molecule pharmaceuticals, biological therapeutics, materials, nanotechnology, and energy (including solar and biofuels.)  As post-grant procedures have become more common, Rob has taken the lead in compiling data about the fate of patents pertaining to the chemical sciences which are subjected to these procedures.

For nearly a decade, Rob spent his days in the lab, keeping current in his scientific field and devising experiments and studies.  This real-world experience has truly enabled him to think forward.

  • Ph.D., Biomolecular Chemistry
    University of Wisconsin, 2008
  • B.S., Biochemistry
    University of Michigan, 2002
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Technical Background
  • Biopharma
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Ill.
Scientific Advisor, 2012 - Present
Experience | Non-Legal

Promega Corporation, Madison, Wisc.
Technical Services Scientist, 2011 -  2012

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Medical Oncology, 2009 - 2011

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisc.
Research Associate, Department of Biomolecular Chemistry, 2002 - 2008

  • "Escherichia coli SSB: Organizational center and Achilles Heel," American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, San Diego, California, 2008
  • "A central role for SSB in Escherichia coli RecQ DNA helicase function," Gordon Conference on Nucleic Acids, Newport, Rhode Island, 2007
  • "Protein-protein interactions involving E. coli RecQ DNA helicase," Keystone Symposium on Genome Instability, Taos, New Mexico, 2005
Representative Matters
Areas of Expertise
  • Protein chemistry and expression, especially purification of catalytically-active enzymes
  • DNA amplification and manipulation, and genetic modification of prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems
  • Genome-wide screening (including use of RNAi libraries)
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Preparation and prosecution of patents pertaining to small molecule pharmaceuticals and compositions, inorganic chemistry applications, biologics, engineered microbe strains, cell assay systems, and materials/coatings 
Press Releases & Events
February 22, 2016

ANN ARBOR– A report titled The Impact of the Updated Joinder Rules on Automotive Patent Litigation released ...

March 18, 2015
ANN ARBOR– A report titled Patent Related Trends in the Automotive Industry, released today by Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., reviews patent filings and litigation activity from 2008 ...
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Research, 2009, 2010
  • Cremer Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Medical School, 2002
  • Dean’s Merit Scholarship, University of Michigan,1998-2002
  • Bentley Society, University of Michigan, 1998