Cheryl H. Agris, PhD

Cheryl H. Agris, PhD

Cheryl H. Agris, PhD provides services in all aspects of intellectual property law. She works with both for profit and non-profit entities and investors on worldwide patent portfolio management, corporate transactions and IP due diligence. In particular, she provides freedom to operate analyses from a business development and R&D view and works with clients on patent prosecution strategies and prepares and reviews a wide array of agreements (e.g., licensing, consortium, sponsored research, joint development).  In a related aspect, Dr. Agris provides consulting services as a peer reviewer of patent documents and as a patent expert   Dr. Agris also prepares and prosecutes U.S. patent and trademark applications and oversees the filing and prosecution of foreign patent and trademark applications. Furthermore, Dr. Agris practices in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as both an arbitrator and mediator; she is a member of the AAA, CPR, FINRA, WIPO, ICC, NFA and various NY and NJ state court panels.  

Dr. Agris obtained a B.A. in Chemistry from Goucher College and her Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University. 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 250 US patents. She was 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 is currently a member of the ADR Committee of the NY City Bar association and of the Board of Managers of the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the New York Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association (co-chair of the technology resources committee), as the Chair and vice Chair of the Membership Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and as a member of the Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Disputes and Patent Committees  of the NY City Bar and.  Dr. Agris served as an instructor in “Ideas to IPO” course sponsored by New York Academy of Sciences in 2007 and 2011, at the Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Patent Prosecution Workshop: Advanced Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing from 1998-2004 and 2016-2017 and Securities Law Institute in 2019.  She also coordinated and served as an instructor on the “Nuts and Bolts of Patent Prosecution” offered by National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) from 2000-2004, as well as serving as a member of their Board of Directors and Chair of the Education Committee from 1999-2003.



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Agris & von Natzmer, LLP assists clients with a wide range of patent and trademark related matters including clearance, opinions, preparation, and prosecution as well as transactional matters such as license agreements, assignment of rights and confidentiality agreements. The firm also provides arbitration and mediation services. Agris & von Natzmer, LLP is based in the greater New York City area and serves clients in the US and throughout the world, countries include but are not limited to USA, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.