Sherbina Intellectual Property Law, based in the greater Seattle area and serving clients in the life sciences industry, is an intellectual property law firm dedicated to providing high quality, personal, and cost-effective service in all phases of patent procurement and IP strategic counseling. The firm works closely with clients to devise and implement robust, practical IP protection strategies in the face of an ever-evolving IP legal landscape. IP procurement and counseling services include:

  • Counseling regarding IP protection strategies, including strategic counseling on the development and use of an effective patent portfolio
  • Counseling regarding in-house procedures to facilitate new invention disclosure and evaluation
  • Providing patentability opinions
  • Preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications (US and international)
  • Strategic building and management of patent portfolios
  • Licensing patent rights
  • Conducting freedom-to-operate studies
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Providing invalidity and non-infringement opinions
  • Counseling to help identify and maintain trade secrets


Nicholas V. Sherbina, owner of the firm, is an experienced patent attorney who has helped clients develop and protect their intellectual property assets as well as navigate IP risks. Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, his practice is mainly focused on patent prosecution as well as intellectual property counseling in all areas of IP law, including patents, trade secrets, and licensing. Nick specializes in various life science technologies, particularly the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arts, including diverse diagnostic and therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, infectious disease, molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, and protein therapeutics. His practice includes counseling and opinion work on issues relating to patentability, freedom-to-operate, patent validity, and infringement.  Before starting his own firm in 2011, Nick worked four years in-house as a senior patent attorney for ZymoGenetics, a biotechnology company in Seattle. He also served as intellectual property counsel in Seattle for Emergent Biosolutions. Before going in-house, Nick worked for nearly five years as an associate attorney at the Seattle office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP, a national intellectual property law firm. Nick earned his law degree at Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.


Nicholas Sherbina is a world-class patent attorney and a valuable partner for any company or individual in need of such skills. As in-house counsel for a large New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company, I have had the pleasure of working with Nick on several biotech-related patent projects. His deep understanding of the science behind the invention, as well as the patent laws in all of the major countries around the world enables Nick to draft first-rate patent applications and prosecute them to their fullest. Under the circumstances where Nick did not draft the original patent application, he has the unique ability to come in midstream and rescue the application by formulating a new winning strategy for it. […]

– In-house patent counsel at a New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company

[…] But beyond the daily challenges of protecting innovation, it is with the most complex and intricate cases where Nick’s legal aptitude really shines. I had the opportunity to out-license a complex case that he drafted to a major U.S. pharmacological company and the quality of the patent application was no doubt a centerpiece of the deal. His ability to expand the invention beyond the bare bones idea into the likely directions for the science distinctly appealed to the licensee’s counsel. Rather than getting mired in the minutia, he was able to take an invention with many distinct aspects and express it clearly and completely. […]

– Michelle L. Lewis


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Sherbina Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

1721 Hoyt Ave
Everett, WA 98206

mail to: P.O. Box 741
Everett, WA 98206

t: 206.319.3667
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