Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Intellectual Property Law

Gerald Suh

Gerald Suh
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Prior to joining WAVSIP, Gerald Suh worked as in-house counsel for over 18 years, at both multi-national corporations as well as small startups, and brings a solid understanding of the daily demands and pressures that in-house counsel face.

Most recently as the Vice President of Intellectual Property at Solazyme, Inc. (now TerraVia, Inc.), Mr. Suh was responsible for developing and managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio. Under his direction, TerraVia successfully obtained over 50 U.S. patents and dozens of international patents. Further, Mr. Suh managed the trademarks and other intellectual assets of consumer-facing brands. Specifically, he worked closely with TerraVia’s commercial teams for the successful launches of the premium Algenist® brand of skin care products and Thrive® brand culinary algae oil. After the brands were launched, Mr. Suh worked closely with the commercial teams to monitor and enforce the brand’s intellectual assets.

During his four years at Novartis (Chiron Corporation), Mr. Suh supported the small molecule, oncology research programs. In addition, he was the IP counsel for Betaseron®, an intereferon used to treat multiple sclerosis, with greater than $1B annual sales.

Mr. Suh’s scientific training includes a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, and post-doctoral training at Yale University. His Ph.D. research focused on mechanistic enzymology by studying the chlorinating intermediate of horseradish peroxidase. His post-doctoral fellowship continued his interest in mechanistic biology by using the tools of genetic engineering in neurobiology. Mr. Suh cloned and expressed chimeric biogenic amine reuptake transporters to study how anti-depressants and illicit drugs such as cocaine bind to and inhibit the reuptake transporters. He earned his J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago.

Mr. Suh’s legal experience covers strategic advice on the creation and development of a corporation’s entire intellectual property portfolio, freedom to operate opinions, landscape analysis, technology evaluation, portfolio review and other patent and trademark issues.

Gerald Suh
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  • B.S. in chemistry from Occidental College
  • Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois
  • J.D. from DePaul University

Bar Admissions:

  • California State Bar
  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. Patent Bar


  • IP Portfolio Development
  • Patent Portfolio Analysis
  • Invalidity and Infringement/Noninfringement Opinions
  • Business Counseling Relating to Intellectual Property
  • Analysis of Competitor and Target IP
  • Licensing & Other IP Sharing Arrangements

Technical Expertise:

  • Life Sciences
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Small Molecule and Large Molecule Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemistry & Materials