Crystal Culhane is an Associate in Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. Dr. Culhane’s practice focuses on patent prosecution work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, due diligence, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions, and patent opinions. She also has experience in patent litigation matters, including Hatch-Waxman Act matters.
Dr. Culhane earned her doctorate in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on the design, synthesis, and evaluation of novel optical and radioactive small molecule prostate cancer imaging agents. She has significant experience in various scientific disciplines, including synthetic organic chemistry, radiochemistry, biology, radiobiology, and small animal imaging.
Dr. Culhane’s prior legal experience includes work as an Associate at a large multinational law firm and as a Technology Specialist in firms in San Diego, CA.
Barinka, Byun, Dusich, C.L., Banerjee, Chen, Castaneres, Kozikowski, Mease, Pomper, Lubkowski.(2008) “Interactions between human glutamate carboxypeptidase II and urea-based inhibitors: structural characterization.” J. Med. Chem. 51(24):7737-43.
Mease, Dusich, C.L., Foss, Ravert, Dannals, Seidel, Prideaux, Fox, Sgouros, Kozikowski, Pomper. (2008) “N-[N-[(S)-1,3-Dicarboxypropyl]carbamoyl]-4-[18F]fluorobenzyl-L-cysteine, [18F]DCFBC: a new imaging probe for prostate cancer.” Clin. Cancer Res. 14(10):3036-43.
France, Wack, Taggi, Hafez, Wagerle, Shah, Dusich, C.L., Lectka. (2004) “Catalytic, asymmetric alpha-chlorination of acid halides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126(13):4245-55.
“Protecting your IP from Infringement with Effective Patent Prosecution and Counsel in the Life Sciences,” San Diego Office CLE Event (January 24, 2018)
“Protecting your IP from Infringement with Effective Patent Prosecution and Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel – San Diego Chapter presentation (December 14, 2017)
“Recent Flip-Flops in Intellectual Property Law,” moderator, Fish L.E.A.D. event (September 27, 2017 – Palo Alto)
Named to the “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” list by The Best Lawyers in America© (2021).
Named one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys by SD Metro Magazine, 2020
Named a 2019 “Woman of Influence” by San Diego Metro, 2019
Named one of San Diego’s Top 40 Under 40 by The Daily Transcript, 2018
Selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinder Program, 2018
Selected as one of the “40 Under 40” by SD Metro, 2017
J.D. cum laude
, California Western School of Law (2014) Member of Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA)
Ph.D., Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University (2008)
B.S., Chemistry, University of St. Thomas (2001)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2010
- California 2014
American Chemical Society, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, Lawyers Club of San Diego, Athena, and Women in Bio.
May 20, 2020
Michael Amon and Crystal Culhane Named to San Diego’s Top Attorneys 2020 by SD Metro Magazine
July 31, 2019
Fish & Richardson Associate Crystal Culhane named one of the 2019 "Women of Influence" by San Diego Metro
May 18, 2018
Dr. Crystal Culhane Named one of San Diego’s 40 Under 40
September 27, 2017
Fish & Richardson Attorneys Craig Countryman and Crystal Culhane Named to SD Metro’s 40 Under 40 List