Shawn Lillemo is an innovative software product manager and intellectual property attorney with a background in business management. Prior to joining Harrity, he served as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he examined patent applications related to software and business methods inventions He also helped on several USPTO software projects during this time.

Prior to serving as a Patent Examiner, Shawn worked for 16 years as a software product manager for his own consulting firm where he gained substantial experience matching software technologies with business needs. While working as a software product manager, Shawn attended Regent University School of Law and then clerked for the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey.

Shawn specializes in managing multi-functional software development teams. By creating and facilitating teams of data scientists, developers, designers, and C-Suite executives, he is able to create business opportunities from emerging technologies and enhance the performance of patent professionals. Using his experience, strong people skills, ability to make cross-functional connections, and multi-disciplinary professional fluency, Shawn aims to accelerate the patent preparation and prosecution process at Harrity & Harrity, LLP.

Shawn’s dedication to improving efficiency and value in the patent process has kept Harrity on the cutting-edge of innovation and landed the firm the 2020 American Legal Technology Award in the Law Firm Category. Shawn has also been recognized as a 2020 Intellectual Property Trailblazer by The National Law Journal.

“We are on the cusp of many disruptive technologies transforming the way patent attorneys perform their work,” Shawn states, “including AI, blockchain distributed everything, and augmented reality.  I want to move Harrity and our clients to the front edge of the adoption curve” in a work paradigm shift as “significant as the industrial revolution.”




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Regent University School of Law
(J.D.) – 2005

Saint John’s University
(B.A., Business Management) – 1997

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
EIT – 2011


United States Patent and Trademark Office


Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
IPO Corporate IP Management Committee
Virginia State Bar Association


Coauthor. “Judicial Supervision and Enforcement,” Civil Discovery in Virginia (2013)

Researcher. “The Laws of Physics & the Physics of Laws,” 25 Regent U. L. Rev. 89 (2012)

Researcher. “Procedural Defaults: Balancing Systemic & Individual Justice,” 1 VTLA Appeal J. at 1-21 (2012)


Speaker. “Become a Superhero, Automation: What’s here today, not years away,” IPO Annual Meeting (September 26, 2019)

Speaker. “Recent Court Cases (summarizing subject matter eligibility after Alice v. CLS Bank),” USPTO Society CLE for Examiners Series (August 27, 2015)

Speaker. “Commencement Address,” USPTO Patent Academy Commencement (2014)