Stephany G.  Small, Ph.D.

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D.

Education
  • 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

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D. Patent Agent

Wilmington: 302.394.6010   F: 215.965.1331   E: ssmall@panitchlaw.com

Dr. Stephany Small works with clients ranging from large life science companies to individual inventors to protect their valued intellectual property. Her in-house experience coupled with her extensive life science research background equips her to provide clients with technical expertise and comprehensive strategy guidance.

With a Ph.D. in cellular and microbial biology from The Catholic University of America, Stephany focuses her practice on the life sciences fields, including biologics, pharmaceuticals, treatment methods, novel plant varieties, transgenic plants, and diagnostic testing methods/apparatus. With more than seven years of life science research experience, particularly into genetics and molecular biology, along with extensive course work, Stephany is well versed in the biological and chemical arts.

Before moving into private practice, Stephany gained valuable experience working in-house at a biopharmaceutical corporation that developed therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Her work highlighted the important relationship between intellectual property and business development, marketing, and regulation.

Stephany prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for inventions related to all aspects of life science. She is involved in FDA Orange Book submissions and Patent Term Extension Applications, and also assists clients with preparing opinions relating to patentability and freedom to operate. Stephany collaborates in patent interferences and inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Stephany provides her clients with sophisticated strategies rooted in scientific analysis for obtaining and preserving intellectual property. Her scientific knowledge and experience, along with her proven abilities in communicating science to diverse audiences, help her to help her clients accomplish their goals.

Representative Matters

Stephany’s representative interference experience includes:
  • Andersen v. Wan, Patent Interference No. 106,002, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Broad Institute, Inc., et al. v. Regents of the Univ. of Calif., et al., Patent Interference No. 106,048 (Patent Interference relating to CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing technology before USPTO PTAB)

     
Stephany’s representative IPR experience includes:
  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc. v. Best Medical International, Inc., IPR2020-00053
  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc. v. Best Medical International, Inc., IPR2020-00076
  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc. v. Best Medical International, Inc., IPR2020-00077
  • Elekta Inc. v. Best Medical International, Inc., IPR2020-00067
  • Elekta Inc. v. Best Medical International, Inc., IPR2020-00073
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00154, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00155, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00156, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00157, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00159, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00160, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • 3Shape A/S et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., IPR2019-00163, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Google LLC et al. v. Space Data Corporation, IPR2018-00944, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Google LLC et al. v. Space Data Corporation, IPR2018-00945, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Google LLC et al. v. Space Data Corporation, IPR2018-00946, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Google LLC et al. v. Space Data Corporation, IPR2018-00947, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S, IPR2018-0195, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S, IPR2018-0196, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S, IPR2018-0197, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Align Technology, Inc. v. 3Shape A/S, IPR2018-0198, USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Articles & Presentations

Panitch Schwarze Partner Dr. Travis W. Bliss and Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small to Present American Hort Webinar
Panitch Schwarze’s Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D. and Stephany G. Small, Ph.D. will present an American Hort Webinar on “Three Options for Protecting Your New Plant Cultivar – Which Are Best for You?”. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Lands Powerhouse IP Litigation and Life Sciences Group
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel has expanded its IP life sciences and litigation practices by adding a formidable group of patent litigators and prosecutors. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Adds Biotechnology and Life Science Experts to IP team // March 3, 2020
Bliss and Small bring a wealth of experience in life sciences field, including novel plant varieties Read more

Panitch Schwarze Partner Dr. Travis W. Bliss and Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small presented on Intellectual Property Protections for Novel Plant Varieties // July 15, 2019
Panitch Schwarze Partner Dr. Travis W. Bliss and Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small presented on Intellectual Property Protections for Novel Plant Varieties at American Hort's Cultivate '19 Conference.  Read more

Farm Bill Brings IP Options For Breeders Of New Plants // January 8, 2019
Partner Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D. and Patent Agent Stephany G. Small, Ph.D. Co-author “Farm Bill Brings IP Options For Breeders Of New Plants" in Law360.  Read more

The Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Greatly Narrow the Venues in Which Patent Infringement Cases Can Be Brought
Panitch Schwarze Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small Co-Authors an article on the DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Volume 16 Issue 45, entitled The Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Greatly Narrow the Venues in Which Patent Infringement Cases Can Be Brought.  Read more

Panitch Schwarze Patent Agent Co-Authors Article in Developmental Dynamics
Panitch Schwarze Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small Co-Authors Article in Developmental Dynamics.  Read more

Panitch Schwarze Patent Agent Co-Authors Article in Development Biology
Panitch Schwarze Patent Agent Dr. Stephany G. Small Co-authored an Article in Development Biology.   Read more

Get To Know

When not at work, Stephany enjoys cycling with her husband and two children. To raise funds for charity, she and her husband once biked from New York City to Washington, D.C. over the course of five days, and she also has cycled in a century (100-mile) ride.

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