Shane D. Anderson


  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2016; technology editor and submissions manager, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology; student attorney, Prison Legal Assistance Project
  • BSc (Electrical Engineering), Distinction, University of Calgary, 2009; Microprocessor Group


  • California, 2016
  • Japanese

Shane D. Anderson


Shane is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property group. Shane’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). His work encompasses a variety of technical fields including consumer products, digital communications, networking, and software. In addition to his litigation experience that includes pre-suit investigations, drafting pleadings, and motion practice, Shane has experience participating in all phases of inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeals Board (PTAB) of the USPTO, from filing through final written decision.

Shane holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, focusing his fourth year coursework on embedded systems and semiconductors. Prior to graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School Shane worked as an engineer for two years in Canada developing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. This experience is in addition to Shane’s time spent in southern Japan as an engineer and later as an educator. Shane has experience programming in Java, PHP, C#, C++, and C as well as performing electrical schematic design and printed circuit board layout and design.


  • Emerson Electric v. SIPCO et al. (N.D. Ga., PTAB): Multi-patent litigation and multiple inter partes review and covered business method proceedings relating to mesh network technology.
  • Rovi v. Comcast et al. (PTAB): Multiple inter partes review proceedings involving interactive program guides and related hardware and software.
  • A leading multinational technology company v. Fujinomaki (PTAB): Inter partes review challenging a patent related to a wireless security system for a mobile phone, resulting in a final written decision finding all challenged claims unpatentable.
  • Assisting with the representation of minority plaintiffs in Massachusetts in a litigation regarding the dilution of minority votes in municipal elections.


  • “Software, Abstractness, and Soft Physicality Requirements,” 29 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 567 (2015)


  • Co-presenter, “Medical Software Patents and Public Health: Rethinking Medicine in the Digital Age,” WIPO/UN Geneva (October 14, 2016)
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