About

There are a variety of reasons to apply for patents, including glory (being a patent holder), duty (institutional requirements or incentives), and commerce.

Glory and duty ought never be under-rated, but my practice is based solely on the third leg of the triad – patenting for commercial reasons, i.e., to derive commercial value from inventions, whether that value is in terms of licensing fees, company valuation, leverage for obtaining partners, or any of the many other reasons why patents are sought in a commercial context.

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Thus the tagline “Artisanal Patent Portfolio Services,” a phrase uncommon enough to deserve explanation. In brief, an “artisan” is a craftsperson who focuses on each unique end-product; thus an artisan does not engage in mass production. This is not to say that mass production is to be frowned upon — the economies of scale make possible the modern world in a way that no number of laboring artisans could equal.

But for some situations there is no substituting for unique craft; and one such situation is patent portfolio development, where the successful commercialization of an invention depends upon a robust portfolio, one that is carefully tuned: to the technology itself (coverage for the “essence” of the invention and each commercially valuable implementation of that essence); to the market needs for that technology (a portfolio that robustly covers what the market will pay for, i.e., coverage in both an “essence” and in a commercial context); and, to the importance of the portfolio as a showcase for investors, collaborators, and competitors.

That’s what I do in my practice: artisanal patenting, artisanal portfolio development. Crafting patents and a patent strategy around a particular technology, the market needs that technology must satisfy in order to be commercially valuable, and the need for a portfolio that demonstrates (and, ideally, trumpets) to investors and competitors alike that there’s either value in the company or a big stick that it carries that must be dealt with.

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If what I do is artisanal in broad scope, what talents do I bring to the table that differentiate me in the performance of my craft; in other words, why me? There are at least three reasons I’d propose: artisanal is generally not obtainable in large entities (the downside of at-scale production is that artisanal work can’t be performed easily in a high-throughput situation); my technical skills and experience are directed to artisanal situations, where every dollar is critical to the final outcome; and, I’ve supplemented those skills with about 10 years of patenting searching experience and also with some rather sophisticated search tools I’ve developed.

If that sounds like the kind of approach you’re looking for, please contact me at ascheinman@scheinmanlaw.com. Before contacting me, please remember not to send confidential (non-public) information in your email, and that merely contacting me does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please read the Disclaimer Page before contacting me.


Andrew Scheinman

Andrew Scheinman, Ph.D., J.D., is the founder and Principal of Scheinman Law. Andrew is well-educated1, and has extensive experience in the commercialization of new technologies, both as a Partner practicing patent law2, and from his involvement as founder and officer in a number of start-up companies3. Andrew has worked as a patent attorney in a wide variety of settings4, and focuses on IP development specifically as a tool for commercial advancement. Andrew has been responsible for critical IP in a wide variety of technology areas5. He is the recipient of numerous training grants, scholarships and awards, and has published and spoken extensively on the relationship between IP landscape analyses and other tools for strategic IP assessment/development and successful commercialization.

Andrew is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is licensed at the state level in North Carolina.


  1. B.S, Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana; Ph.D., Biology/Molecular Biology, University of California at Los Angeles; Post-doctoral work in molecular evolution (UCLA) and gene therapy (University of California San Diego); J.D., The California Western School of Law, San Diego. []
  2. He specializes in strategic IP development using advanced patent landscaping tools, database analyses and technology survey methods, including propriety methods he has developed specifically for these purposes over his ten plus years of working in the field. []
  3. Andrew co-founded PetMed, a start-up company to produce hypoallergenic feldI-knockout cats, and currently serves as Chief Scientist for Nexus iSR, a telecommunications company. []
  4. Including boutique and medium-sized law firms as well as working as a solo practitioner. As part of his work he has traveled internationally, most memorably to write patents for The Chinese National Human Genome Center and The Harbin Veterinary Institute on the SARS virus, which he prepared after three weeks of meetings with the inventors in Shanghai. []
  5. For example, SARS screening, bio-defense, laser alteration of materials, spectroscopy, materials sciences, and specific aspects of telecommunications. []