Sharon E. Roberg-Perez, Ph.D.

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Experience

Sharon Roberg-Perez is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation Group. She is an M.I.T-trained Ph.D. who leverages over a decade of experience working as a molecular biologist in her legal practice. She serves on the firm’s diversity committee and has been an instructor in the firm’s Exceptional Advocate Training Program. She has been recognized for her professional accomplishments and leadership, being named an “Up and Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer, a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, and a 2014 fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Dr. Roberg-Perez’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes between biotechnology, medical devices, or life sciences companies. She represents clients of all sizes, ranging from start-up companies to one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers. By virtue of her earlier career as a research scientist, including at biotechnology and genomics start-up companies, she is well versed at explaining complicated, innovative concepts to varied audiences. She has been trial counsel in hard-fought, multimillion-dollar patent cases between competitors, and has handled cases involving technologies such as genotyping, DNA fingerprinting, cell-based assays, proteases, transcatheter heart valves, ICDs, spinal implants, minimally invasive knee arthroplasty techniques, and capacitive touchscreens. She is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition to her intellectual property practice, Dr. Roberg-Perez has experience representing pro bono clients, most recently representing clients as part of Project Corazon, which was created to help reunite families separated by the current immigration policies, and serving as co-counsel with Lambda Legal in successfully representing an incarcerated transgender woman who had been denied necessary medical care under an unconstitutional, Missouri Department of Corrections’ policy.

She also is involved in the broader, Twin Cities community serving as a board member of multiple, non-profit organizations:

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
  • The Isthmus Foundation
  • Twin Cities Board of Directors, American Heart Association

Dr. Roberg-Perez earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she was the Notes and Comments Editor for the St. Thomas Law Journal. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, in Biological Chemistry from Wellesley College. Following her graduate work at M.I.T., which focused on the developing optic lobe of the Drosophila visual system, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech, where she researched the molecular genetics of developing sensory neurons. Over the course of her academic career, she authored several scientific publications and received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Psychological Association. 

 

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Counsel for Puget BioVentures, LLC in patent infringement cases against Biomet Orthopedics, DePuy Orthopaedics, and Stryker Corporation in the Northern District of Indiana and the District of New Jersey over methods for total knee arthroplasty.

Trial counsel for Nartron Corporation in case against Sanyo North America Corporation and Panasonic Corporation in the Western District of Michigan involving capacitive touch screen technology for automobiles.

Counsel for Promega in a patent infringement case against Genovis AB and Hansa Medical AB in the Western District of Wisconsin over technology related to proteases, in which a favorable resolution was obtained. 

Counsel for Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC in litigation in the Western District of Texas against major automotive manufacturers on patents related to the personalized delivery of audio content through smartphones. All cases settled on confidential terms.

Counsel for Promega in Promega Corporation v. Applied Biosystems, LLC, et al., U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., in which summary judgment of invalidity was obtained in Promega’s favor. Patent case involving DNA fingerprinting technology.

Trial counsel for Medtronic in Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. et al., U.S. District Court, D. Del., in which a judgment of non-infringement was obtained in Medtronic’s favor. Patent case involving cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Counsel for Quest Diagnostics in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital et al. v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc., U.S. District Court, W.D. Tenn., in which all claims were dismissed. Patent case involving genotyping technology.

Counsel for Quest Diagnostics in Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., et al. v. Quest Diagnostics, Inc., U.S. District Court, S.D. Cal., in which all claims were dismissed. Patent case involving genotyping technology.

Pro Bono

Represented an incarcerated transgender woman who was denied medically-necessary treatment for gender dysphoria.  In 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a permanent injunction requiring the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) to provide the doctor-recommended treatment. The order also bars the MDOC from enforcing Missouri’s “freeze-frame” policy – a blanket ban on providing hormone treatment to any transgender person who was not receiving such treatment prior to incarceration. This ruling is believed to be the first to find that freeze-frame policies are unconstitutional.

Super Lawyers 2019
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2016)
  • Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • Named an "Up & Coming Attorney," Minnesota Lawyer (2012)
  • National Research Service Award, NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (1997-1999)
  • American Psychological Association Minority Postdoctoral Fellow (1996-1997)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow (1989-1992)
  • American Heart Association, Member, Twin Cities Board of Directors
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, Board of Directors
  • The Isthmus Foundation, Board of Directors 
Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Education
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Notes & Comments Editor
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Biology Wellesley College, B.A., magna cum laude
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2014 Fellows Program
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

  • Fitting the Pieces Together: Holistic IP Strategy Integrating Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and More
    Panel Moderator, Midwest IP Institute (September 27, 2019)
  • Written Description Issues in the Life Sciences
    AIPLA Spring Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 15, 2019)
  • A Patent Primer for Engineers Lessons through the Lens of Litigation
    Digital Technology Center Seminar, University of Minnesota (April 8, 2019)
  • IP Protection for Medical Device Companies
    Panelist, International IP Skills Summit, Bengaluru, India (September 7, 2017)
  • Advising Biotech Companies: How to Avoid Making Headlines for All the Wrong Reasons
    The Future of IP and Technology Law Forum, Boston, Massachusetts (May 9, 2017)
  • Digital Health Data Engaging the Patient Consumer
    Panel moderator, MedTech Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 4, 2017)
  • Digital Health Balancing Risks and Benefits
    Panel moderator, Boston Bar Association’s Inaugural Life Sciences Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts (November 10, 2016)
  • Assessing and Preserving Value in Biotechnology IP
    Panelist, BIO World Congress San Diego, California (April 12, 2016)
  • Recent Changes to US Patent Law and their Impact on Patent Licensing
    Panelist, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Offices Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts (March 30, 2016)
September 26-27, 2019
2019 Midwest IP Institute
Minneapolis, MN
May 15, 2019
AIPLA Spring Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
September 22, 2015
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