Sharon E. Crane is a partner specializing in intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. Dr. Crane is experienced in, and counsels clients in all phases of patent law, particularly in the biotechnology area. Dr. Crane has substantial experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biotechnology and chemical arts, and devotes a substantial percentage of her time to patent interference practice and post-grant proceedings. She also has experience in patent litigation in the federal courts, and patent appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Dr. Crane has also participated in and managed patent interference appeals at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Dr. Crane received a B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University, where she researched learning and memory. Dr. Crane’s graduate training was in the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Virginia and in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics and focused on the study of lentiviruses.

Dr. Crane is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) USPTO Inter Partes Patent Proceedings and Biotechnology committees and a member of Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) CET Group 5-Technology-Related Patent Issues.

Dr. Crane has substantial experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biotechnology and chemical arts, and devotes a substantial percentage of her time to patent interference practice. She also has experience in patent litigation in the federal courts, and patent appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Dr. Crane has also participated in and managed patent interference appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“The University of Rochester Overreaches,” outs & ins, vol. 4, no. 2, 2004

Co-author, “Degeneracy in the Legal Code: Can the PTO and the Federal Circuit Reach a Consensus Regarding Patenting Biotech Inventions?,” 4 The Journal of Biolaw and Business 39-42, 2000

Co-author, “Identification of the Transmembrane Fusion Domain in the Visna Virus Envelope,” 185 Virology 488-492, 1992

Co-author, “Identification of Cell Membrane Proteins that Bind Visna Virus,” 65 J. of Virology 6137-6143, 1991

Co-author, “Epitopes Responsible for Fusion and Virus Neutralization in the Glycoprotein of Ovine and Caprine Lentiviruses: A Challenge for Vaccine Development,” AIDS Vaccine: Basic Research and Clinical Trials. Putney, S.D. and D. P. Bolognesi (Eds.). Marcel Dekker, Inc. pp. 319-338, 1990

Co-author, “Fusion and Neutralization Sites on Visna Virus are Separate Epitopes,” Cell Biology of Virus Entry, Replication and Pathogenesis. Compans, R.W., A. Helenius and M. Oldstone (Eds.). Alan R. Liss, Inc. New York, pp. 1-12, 1989

Co-author, “Lentiviruses of Animals are Biological Models of the Human Immunodeficiency Viruses,” 5 Microbial Pathogenesis 149-157, 198 8

Co-author, “Separate Epitopes in the Envelope of Visna Virus are Responsible for Fusion and Neutralization: Biological Implications for Anti-fusion Antibodies in Limiting Virus Replication,” 62 J. of Virology 2680-2685, 1987

Co-author, “Identification of Chromaffin Granule-Binding Proteins. Relationship of the Chromobindins to Calelectrin, Synhibin, and the Tyrosine Kinase” Substrates p35 and p36, 262 The Journal of Biological Chemistry 1860-1868, 1987

Co-author, “Mnemonic Correlates of Unit Activity in the Hippocampus,” 399 Brain Res. 97-110, 1986

Co-author, “An Electrophysiological Method for Examining the Effects of Potential Therapeutic Agents on Memory Function,” 444 Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 494-495, 1985

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

American Bar Association, Interference Subcommittee

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Biotechnology Committee

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Interference Committee

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Liaison between Women in IP Law and Interference Committees

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle, CET Group 5-Biotechnology

Intellectual Property Owners Association

International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property

Maryland Patent Law Association
President 2001-2003; Vice President 1999-2001; Treasurer 1996-1999

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

U.S. Bar - EPO Liaison Council
Chair, 2006-2008