Shawna C. Lemon, Ph.D.

Patent Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9182 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Shawna serves as outside patent counsel to pharmaceutical and biotechnology management teams and universities where she engages in the formulation and implementation of global patent strategies. Shawna also drafts and prosecutes applications directed to materials and compositions included in semiconductor devices as well as materials and compositions used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices. In addition, she assists clients with intellectual property due diligence, partnering negotiations, licensing, design patents, and trademark protection. ​

Shawna has co-authored publications in scientific journals and speaks to various audiences regarding patent law topics.  Prior to her legal career, Shawna worked in pharmaceutical market development at Merck & Co., Inc.


  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 2001
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences/Pharmacology, The University of South Carolina, 1995
  • B.S., Biology, Wofford College, 1990

Representative Experience

  • Procured U.S. and foreign patent protection and managed patent portfolio for large, mid-size and start-up pharmaceutical companies
  • Performed patent preparation and prosecution for research universities and institutions
  • Performed patent preparation and prosecution for consumer electronics company and electronics manufacturer
  • Performed patent preparation and prosecution for a securities solutions and fire protection company
  • Performed due diligence for initial public offering for small pharmaceutical company
  • Performed due diligence for licensing negotiations for large, mid-size and start-up pharmaceutical and medical device companies and universities
  • Performed due diligence for asset purchase of small and mid-size pharmaceutical company
  • Represented a mid-size and a large pharmaceutical company jointly in an appeal from a United States Patent and Trademark Office decision to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Procured design patent protection for a medical device company
  • Procured design patent protection for a consumer electronics company
  • Represented a small pharmaceutical company in the sale of a trademark
  • Successfully responded to patent cease and desist letter for a consumer products company
  • Drafted and negotiated various agreements including assignments, license agreements, non-disclosure agreements and consulting agreements

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2015 - 2019
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2014

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Section: Intellectual Property (Council member and chair, Diversity subcommittee; past chair, Pro Bono subcommittee; and past co-chair, Biotechnology and Chemical Patent Practice subcommittee)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Corporate Advisory Board - Carolinas Chapter)
  • Dress for Success Triangle NC (board of directors)
  • RTP Capital Associates Angel Network (member)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Board of Visitors)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Parents Council Past National Chairs)
  • Wofford College Alumni Board
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce—Emerging Leaders  Program (2014)
  • The Junior League of Raleigh (2002-2005)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2001
  • New York, 2013
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2003
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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