Shui Li is a registered patent attorney with experience counseling clients on complex intellectual property and technology monetization campaigns. Shui began her career as a chemist at the University of Minnesota where she researched anti-cancer agents based on nucleic acid analogs. The scientific training allows Shui to successfully navigate complex patent matters involving a variety of technology areas including semiconductors, telecommunication, and chemistry.

Shui's practice primarily focuses on patent litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation matters. She recently represented the petitioner in the first instituted derivation proceeding in the PTAB.

Shui is also active in her community. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Model Patent Jury Instructions Subcommittee, a representative of the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice's Young Lawyers Group, and a supporter of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Shui attended the University of Wisconsin Law School. In law school, Shui was a senior editor for the International Law Journal, the President of the Intellectual Property Student Organization, and a judicial intern for the Honorable Justice Michael Gableman of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Shui grew up in Beijing, China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She enjoys outdoor activities such as alpine and cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and long-distance running.

  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2016)
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Wisconsin
Spoken Languages
  • Mandarin
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (2015); Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal (2014-2015)
  • University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy, M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry (2012)
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with distinction (2009)
August 7-12, 2020
Minnesota CLE The Law of the Smart Phone Webcast Series
Michael Reif, Aaron Fahrenkrog, Shui Li - Minnesota CLE
July 17, 2020
IP Protection for Traditional Chinese Medicine
Shui Li - 知产力 (Zhichanli)


Links to full publications and news releases.


September 22, 2020
Herbal Patent Protection
Shui Li - 闻宁阁 American Intellectual Property
November 2016
Who Bears the Burden?
Intellectual Property Magazine
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