Suzannah K Sundby is the Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office of Canady + Lortz LLP.
Suzannah practices all aspects of intellectual property law across diverse technologies including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, microfluidics, diagnostics, medical devices, and nanotechnology. Her legal practice of nearly 20 years involves patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, opinion work, post-grant proceedings, strategic planning, and client counseling. She also assists start-up biotech companies with the preparation and prosecution of their foundation patents, nondisclosure agreements, and related IP issues.
She prefers to handle every aspect of each client's matter herself so as to provide personalized service specifically tailored to the client's needs and particular situation. Having had patent litigation experience early in her career, Suzannah prepares and prosecutes patent applications with an eye towards litigation. Suzannah regularly renders legal opinions, such as non-infringement, invalidity, and clearance opinions, and assists clients with amicably resolving IP issues with their business partners.
Suzannah is a recipient of an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater–The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire–where she received her degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. In addition to being among a select few experts listed in the Life Sciences Expert Guide, she is ranked as an Intellectual Property Life Sciences Star in the LMG Life Sciences Guide and as a Patent Star in the IP Stars handbook published by Managing Intellectual Property.
She was the Chair of the Biotechnology Committee of AIPLA for the 2013-2015 term. Suzannah was also a member of AIPLA's Task Force Committee on 101 Eligibility from 2014-2017. She was an Adjunct Professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center and taught "Advanced Biotech Patent Preparation and Prosecution".
In addition to being a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Suzannah is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. District Courts of California, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT).
Suzannah holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a Juris Doctor, and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law. Before entering the legal field, Suzannah was a cytogeneticist and helped map the Drosophila genome as a member of the University of California's Berkeley Drosophila Genome Group.