Cheryl H. Agris, PhD

Cheryl H. Agris, PhD

Dr. Agris obtained a B.A. in Chemistry from Goucher College in 1979 and her Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University in January 1986. From March 1986 to March 1988, she was a research fellow at the Sloan Kettering Institute. A representative list of Cheryl Agris's scientific publications is attached.  During the period of March 1988-May 1992, Dr. Agris was a law clerk with the biotechnology group at Pennie and Edmonds, and a part-time evening student at Brooklyn Law School. Dr. Agris became a patent agent in 1990 and obtained a J.D. degree in June 1992. Dr. Agris was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1992 and to the New York bar in 1993. From May 1992-March 1998, Dr. Agris was a Patent Attorney at Novo Nordisk of North America. Cheryl Agris has been in private practice since March 1998.
Dr. Agris has participated in the preparation and prosecution of more than 225 patents. She is the principal author of the Practitioner’s Manual of Patent Examining Procedure  and author of  Practitioner's Patent Guidelines both published by Thomson-Reuters and has published articles on a variety of patent issues such as patenting DNA and protein sequences, intellectual property protection for plants, deposit of microorganisms, alternative dispute resolution and international patent filing. Dr. Agris has given presentations on patent law matters sponsored by the Biotechnology Industrial Organization (BIO), New York Biotechnology Association (NYBA), National Association of Patent Practitioners, Law Seminars International, International Intellectual Property Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Association and New York Intellectual Property Association.  Representative published patent applications, issued patents, legal related publications and lectures are provided.

Dr. Agris served as an instructor with the American Society of Mechanical Engineer Bioprocess Seminar on Intellectual Property matters from 2004-2006.  Additionally, Cheryl Agris served as an instructor at the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI’s) Annual Patent Prosecution Workshop: Advanced Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing from 1998-2004. She also coordinated the short course and served as an instructor on the “Nuts and Bolts of Patent Prosecution” offered by the National Association of Patent Practitioners from 2000-2004. Dr. Agris currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Membership Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a member of the Board of Managers of the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association.  served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee of the National Association of Patent Practitioners from 1999-2003. Other memberships include  New York State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law and Dispute Resolution Sections), Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Patent Committee), and Westchester County Bar Association.

Dr. Agris, through the Law Offices of Cheryl H. Agris, PhD, PC provides arbitratration and mediation services. She has had extensive arbitration and mediation training.  Click here for Dr. Agris’s complete resume.  Dr. Agris is a member of various ADR panels, for example: American Arbitration Association’s commercial panel, CPR's Biotechnology, Technology, Health Science and Trademark Panels, WIPO Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, FINRA Public Arbitrator and Chair panel, member of the Westchester County Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution panel; Special Master, 1st Appellate Division, New York, NY, mediator for Eastern District of New York, member of roster of mediators for Superior Court of New Jersey (Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Somerset and Monmouth counties), mediator for Commercial Divisions of New York, Queens and Westchester counties of New York.

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