Stephany Small is a patent agent in Buchanan’s Intellectual Property section. She focuses her practice on biotech patent drafting and prosecution, due diligence/FTO analyses, USPTO Rules and Filing requirements and cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.
Before joining Buchanan, Stephany gained experience as a patent agent for Human Genome Sciences, Inc., where she prosecuted multiple patent portfolios, completed patent freedom-to-operate and due diligence evaluations, and contributed to the defense of key company patents in U.S. and foreign litigations. Her work included drafting responses to the USPTO Office Actions and foreign correspondence, developing persuasive arguments to address issues to obtain allowed claims, meeting with scientists to discuss invention disclosures and draft new patent applications, collaborating with outside counsel and licensees to ensure communication of prosecution matters and managing prosecution of all cases within budget. She also monitored competitor prosecution in the U.S. and abroad, performed patentability searches, identified scientific advisors and expert witnesses and prepared documentation in preparation of litigation.
Stephany conducted her post-doctoral research on Caenorhabditis elegans gene regulation and development, and she investigated transcription factor regulatory elements using molecular cloning.
While working to earn her Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America, Stephany was a research assistant where she conducted research on mesoderm development using techniques including genetic crossing, microscopy, plasmid construction, reverse transcription PCR, RNA interference and protein purification. She was also a teaching assistant for Genetics and the Molecular Cell Biology Laboratory, where she was responsible for presenting and preparing laboratory lectures.
The Catholic University of America, Ph.D., 2010, Roland M. Nardone Award: Excellence in Teaching Assistance (2008), Cellular and Microbial Biology
The Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.A., 2003, summa cum laude, Biology and Theology
- United States Patent and Trademark Office