Susan Shen-Frattura delivers more than two decades of experience in supporting all facets of the patent prosecution process, with a focus on cutting-edge patents primarily involving biotechnology innovation.

Susan’s skills range from helping attorneys prepare and file patent applications in the U.S. and abroad to assisting with ongoing patent portfolio maintenance protocols to diligence projects. She also works with attorneys on patent-related administrative requirements petitions and post-grant reviews.

Susan’s total quality approach to patent prosecution helps ensure client goals remain on track and progress forward. Because of Susan’s longevity in intellectual property law and patent prosecution, in particular, she is fluent in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office requirements and other foreign patent legalities.

Throughout her career, she has proven and sustained her undeniable value to clients and colleagues alike. A versatile team player who is a reliable, effective, and resourceful member of the firm’s patent team, Susan is appreciated for her ability to collaborate and find pragmatic solutions that keep client matters on track and provide a consistently thorough and excellent work product due to her many years of work experience.

Notably, everyone who works with Susan benefits from her personal commitment to doing what needs to be done to ensure the desired outcome. Susan is that professional who will make herself available as needed to maximize attorney and client time and resources. Moreover, Susan is instantly helpful because she can quickly understand where the matter is in the patent prosecution life cycle and then jump right in to help. A tried and true taskmaster, Susan’s substantive know-how of patent prosecution and proven management skills allow her to gauge what is needed – and then execute seamlessly.

Before JMIN

Prior to joining JMIN, Susan worked as a senior patent prosecution paralegal for AmLaw 200 firm King & Spalding, where she focused on managing and supervising docketing initiatives, monitoring worldwide IP assets and litigation, and overseeing the chain of assignments. She also served in a leadership capacity by managing the New York office patent paralegals, docketing clerks, and secretaries while successfully juggling her extensive legal support duties. Before that, she worked as a legal assistant at Morgan and Finnegan.

Outside of the Office

Simply, Susan loves to travel – particularly to Disney World – where she lets her inner child loose, leaves her work behind, and relishes the company of her three daughters. In fact, her favorite Disney character is Belle. Also an avid runner, Susan can be spotted jogging multiple miles a few times a week and in a Disney Marathon or two.


BA, Political Science and Government, Binghamton University, 1997