Brian Shortell leads the chemical and pharmaceutical patent practice teams and is also a member of the mechanical technologies team in the Patents Group. Brian concentrates on patent prosecution, client counseling, and opinion work, and intellectual property litigation. He also has significant experience in reexamination and due diligence matters. Recently, he was called upon as a subject matter expert for chemistry and patent law in an arbitration regarding hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Brian is a registered patent attorney. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in addition to his law degree (J.D.) – all from the University of South Carolina. In addition to his law practice, Brian has served as Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University College of Law for over ten years. He also served Adjunct Professor at as Mercer University School of Law for four years and, since 2016, now serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University. He is a founding member of both the Atlanta Bar Intellectual Property Law section as well as the Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.
His technical experience encompasses industrial chemical research and postdoctoral chemical research, which focused on organic synthesis, polymer synthesis and characterization, molecular electronics, nanotechnology, and the synthesis and characterization of novel chiral atropisomers. His experience also includes academic grant writing and teaching chemistry at the undergraduate level. He has published several articles and papers in both legal and chemical literature.