The legal staff at Clark+Elbing consists of a nucleus of attorneys with advanced scientific degrees supported by a team of patent agents and technology specialists, each of whom holds a PhD in a scientific discipline.

We have unparalleled expertise in the biological and biochemical sciences, with professionals holding doctorates in such fields as chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and pharmacology.

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JD, Suffolk University Law School
PhD Cell and Developmental Biology, Harvard University
BA Biology, College of the Holy Cross

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Admitted to the bar in Massachusetts

Susan Michaud has been at Clark+Elbing since 1997 and a partner since 2002. Prior to that, Susan was at Fish & Richardson, P.C., from 1993 to 1996. Susan's practice emphasizes patent prosecution, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, patent portfolio management, strategic planning in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical chemistry, and due diligence analyses. She has substantial experience in areas including vaccine development; gene therapy; cancer biology; infectious diseases; drug screening assays; diagnostics; gene regulation and expression; genetics; viral vectors; transgenic animals; microbiology; medical devices; and nucleic acid, peptide, and complex organic compound-based therapeutics.

Susan's doctoral research focused on the identification and characterization of early complexes formed in the process of pre-messenger RNA splicing. She employed molecular, cellular, and biochemical techniques in her research. The results of her studies have been published in the journal Genes and Development.

Select Awards & Honors
Albert J. Ryan Fellowship
Markey Graduate Fellowship