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  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1994
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1988

    Editor, Boston University International Law Journal 

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Boston Patent Law Association

Women's Bar Association

Evelyn D. Shen

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Special Counsel
  • T: 617.449.6543
    F: 617.607.9200
Ms. Shen has more than 16 years of intellectual property law experience, including 12 years as in-house counsel for top-20 pharmaceutical companies. Evelyn helps researchers and executives optimize their return on investment, using her experience in risk management, global portfolio strategy and development, and alliance transactions.  She provides practical options and strategic business advice at all stages of research, discovery, development, and commercialization. Evelyn performs IP audits and negotiates IP-related agreements. She has counseled multi-disciplinary teams, for example, to establish corporate best practices, to evaluate licensing opportunities, and to integrate acquisitions of up to $4 B.  In private law firm practice, she has represented universities, hospitals, start-up companies, and established companies.

Evelyn's significant in-house counsel background includes senior patent counsel for Johnson & Johnson Corporate and associate general counsel for Eisai, Inc.  She led a US IP department at a global pharmaceutical company, which was which was responsible for more than half of the company's pharmaceutical pipeline, including global prosecution and product portfolio management. She was a founding member of a global IP steering committee and successfully introduced and integrated the US IP function into the global and regional business units. 

In 2009, Evelyn was honored as a New England In-House/Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly "In-House Leader in the Law."