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About Justin

Justin Sears, Ph.D., is an associate in the New York office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Dr. Sears’ practice focuses on patent prosecution in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology industries. In addition to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, Dr. Sears manages patent portfolios and provides assistance with due diligence, freedom to operate, and landscape review. Prior to joining Fish, Dr. Sears was an intellectual property practice specialist at another law firm, where he assisted in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to small molecule pharmaceuticals, formulations, polymers, and antibodies.

Justin’s scientific experience encompasses synthetic organic chemistry and reaction development, medicinal chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry. During his doctorate training at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, he studied the mechanism of a biomimetic Fe(III)-promoted coupling reaction employed in the synthesis of clinically-relevant chemotherapeutic agents, including vinblastine and vincristine. He also designed and synthesized several key vinblastine analogues for biological evaluation. He has coauthored his work in several peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Publications

  • Sears, J. E.; Boger, D. L., Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 241-251
  • Sears, J. E.; Boger, D. L. Org. Lett. 2015, 17, 5460–5463.
  • Sears, J. E.; Boger, D. L. Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 653–662.
  • Gotoh H.; Sears, J. E.; Eschenmoser, A.; Boger, D. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 13240–13243.
  • Lyman Beecher Hall Prize in Chemistry, Haverford College – Awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding accomplishment in major coursework and research (2010)
  • American Chemical Society Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award (2009)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar (2008–2009)
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Education

J.D., Fordham University School of Law (2020)


Ph.D., Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute (2015)


B.S. with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, Haverford College (2010)

Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2018
  • New York 2021
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