Mrs. Shapiro began her IP career as the Legal Assistant to the Chief Technical Advisor at the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, a position in which she worked as a law clerk for Chief Judge Howard T. Markey, as well as managing the law clerk’s library. Following her clerkship, she spent several years as a patent and copyright counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy, after which she entered the private practice of law.
The primary focus of Mrs. Shapiro’s practice is on patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in such diverse technologies as microscopy, earth moving equipment, bar code symbology, medical devices, and computer-implemented methods. She uses her writing and analytical skills to guide inventors through the patent drafting process. She also counsels clients on patentability, patent validity, and patent infringement.
Mrs. Shapiro has been involved in appeals at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as in infringement litigation in the U.S. district courts and at the United States International Trade Commission.
As an undergraduate, Mrs. Shapiro majored in physics at Tufts University, where she worked as a technical assistant at the University computer center and as a programmer for the physics departments. During that time, she held an NSF-sponsored summer fellowship as a computer programmer at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Her interest in computer technology continues, particularly as applied to legal practice.
Outside of the office, Mrs. Shapiro is an active alumna of Tufts University, a Girl Scout volunteer, a certified volunteer with FrogWatch USA, and a participant in numerous religious and civic groups. Her hobbies include photography and jewelry crafting.