Boston College Law School
JD, 2013

Senior Editor, International & Comparative Law Review

Boston University
MA, 2009, Organic Chemistry

Fairfield University
BS, 2007



US District Court, Massachusetts

US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael A. Shinall


t 617-248-4801   f 617-502-4801

Mr. Shinall, using his industry and research experience in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, materials and biotechnology, provides clients with a broad range of intellectual property counsel.

Practice Focus

Intellectual Property:  assists in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications.  Also designs and analyzes structure-based patentability and freedom to operate searches.

Intellectual Property Litigation:  complex patent infringement and trade secret litigation within the technology, software and life sciences industries.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining Choate, Mr. Shinall was an associate at Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds P.C., where he prosecuted patent applications in the fields of small molecules, materials, chemical engineering and software.  Before law school, Mr. Shinall was a medicinal chemist at AstraZeneca, where he designed and synthesized molecules to be screened as potential cancer therapeutics.  In graduate school, Mr. Shinall worked both on novel synthetic methods, as well as natural product synthesis.  The majority of his work focused on visible light photoredox catalysis utilizing Ru(bpy)3Cl2 to promote an intramolecular radical addition to indoles and other organic compounds.

Representative Engagements

  • Assists in preparation of freedom-to-operate analyses as well as non-infringement and invalidity opinions.
  • Drafts patent applications in the subject areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and materials science for prosecution in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions.

Publications and Presentations

  • “The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances: How Stopping Digital Piracy May Cost the World Free Expression,” author, 36 BC Int’l & Comp.L. Rev 106, 2014.
  • “Software and Copyright Exhaustion: A Proposal to Amend § 117 and Restore Balance to the Copyright System,” author, 24 Alb.L. J. Sci & Tech. 365, 2014.
  • “Priority and Disclosure: Challenges and Protections to Small Inventors in a First-to-File World," author, 94 J.Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc’y 362, 2012.

Professional and Community Involvement

Mr. Shinall is a member of the Boston Patent Law Association. Additionally, he is the secretary of the Green Line Velo/Zipcar Elite Cycling Team.


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