Sean P. Ritchie

Sean Ritchie is a Patent Attorney and member of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology group. His practice focuses on intellectual property protection, including counseling clients on patent infringement, patentability, patent drafting, and patent prosecution. With an academic background in bioengineering, Sean's practice primarily focuses on chemical, life sciences, and materials science technologies. He also handles FDA compliance issues for medical devices.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Everyone's New Year's Resolution: More Privacy

Tennessee Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, Nashville, Tennessee, December 9, 2019

Patentability in the Context of Personalized Medicine, Novel Targets, Treatment Methods, and Repurposed Drugs

University of Kentucky, Office of Technology Commercialization, June 26, 2019

Battery-Powered Medical Devices Market Trends & Opportunities

Panel Member, Memphis, TN, May 7, 2019

A Costly Reminder to Continually Re-Evaluate Your IP

Bar Admissions
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Firm Leadership

Nashville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association, IP Section, past treasurer; IP Section, Patent Committee, past chair; IP Section, past delegate
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
More Than Stites & Harbison Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining Stites & Harbison in 2016, Sean was with McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was in-house counsel for a biotechnology company where he focused on healthcare and medical device regulation. Sean is certified in neurophysiological introperative monitoring, and has spent time in the operating room monitoring somatosensory responses from patients during various vascular and neurological surgeries.

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Battery-Powered Medical Devices Market Trends & Opportunities

Date: 5/7/19
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Memphis Bioworks Foundation Auditorium, 20 Dudley Street #900, Memphis, TN 38103

IP attorney Sean Ritchie will join a panel of speakers discussing today's technological developments in medical diagnostics and prognostics at Memphis Bioworks Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sean P. Ritchie May 06, 2019
Client Alerts

A Costly Reminder to Continually Re-Evaluate Your IP

The patent process can be frustrating and often involves a significant investment of time and money. As such, it may be tempting to assume that when the Patent Office issues a patent it is safe to assert your rights therein. However, as noted in a recent decision from the District Court for the District of Delaware, doing so may leave you on the hook for attorney’s fees.

by Sean P. Ritchie March 21, 2019
Client Alerts

New Guidance from the USPTO Aims to Clarify Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Determination

On January 7, 2019, the USPTO released updated guidance on how Patent Examiners should determine whether an invention is directed to subject matter that is eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

by Sean P. Ritchie and Terry L. Wright January 15, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Promotes Five Attorneys in 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2019

Design Patents and Trade Dress

There are several different kinds of intellectual property protection (e.g., trademarks, patents, and copyrights). The borders between the types of protection are not always clear, and it may be that some subject matter is eligible for protection in more than one category.

by Alexandra MacKay and Sean P. Ritchie May 10, 2018
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison welcomes Sean Ritchie to the Nashville office

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Sean Ritchie to the Nashville office. He joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. “Sean’s skill set expands and strengthens the firm’s life sciences platform,” stated Richard...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 03, 2016