Brian Shortell, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group and the Life Sciences/Technology Group. Shortell leads the pharmaceutical and nanotechnology patent practice teams. He is a member of the chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device practice teams in the Patents Group. He concentrates on patent prosecution, client counseling, opinion work and intellectual property and technology litigation.
Shortell teaches Patent Drafting & Prosecution and Patent Law & Litigation and is active in the legal community. He was a founding director of the Atlanta Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and a founding member of the Atlanta IP Inn of Court. His technical experience includes 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.