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Barry M. Shuman,  Ph.D.

Barry M. Shuman, Ph.D.

Patent Agent

Alexandria, VA

How Barry Helps Clients

Dr. Barry Shuman's extensive experience allows him to dive into prosecution matters and  provide his clients with quick, sound guidance.

As a patent agent at two international law firms for over fifteen years, Barry prosecuted patent applications in the areas of organic chemistry, chemicals, materials, biotechnology, drug/pharmaceuticals, immunology, molecular biology, instrumentation, printers, medical devices, mechanical systems, business methods, cosmetics, clothing, and semiconductor and communication technologies.

Before working as a patent agent, Barry was a scientist for a biotechnology company, where he was the Associate Director of Assay Development. In this role, he was responsible for the development and validation of numerous immunoassays in a wide variety of formats. In addition, he was responsible for the development and validation of a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kit product line. Barry was the principal investigator and sole author of a successfully funded small business innovation research (SBIR) grant that studied the use of a luciferase system in nucleic acid detection.

Barry's doctorate work spanned synthetic organic chemistry, protein chemistry and molecular biology. He worked as a post-doctoral associate at both the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and the Burnham Institute/La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation.

What Clients Can Expect

Barry is a versatile patent agent and scientist. He particularly enjoys working with first-time inventors. Barry prides himself in promptly responding to his clients regardless of the time or day.

Outside of the Office

Volunteerism has been a meaningful part of Barry’s life for a long time. After completing his undergraduate studies, he served as a high school physics/chemistry teacher with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. He currently volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), advocating for children who are part of the dependency court system.