Susan W. Graf, Ph.D.

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  • J.D., summa cum laude, Lewis & Clark College of Law, 2007
  • Ph.D., Cell Biology, Duke University, 1996
  • B.A., Biology, College of Wooster, 1991
  • Oregon, 2007
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No. 60,432)



Dr. Graf’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. She also prepares legal opinions, including patentability, invalidity, infringement/non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Additionally, Dr. Graf prepares and prosecutes trademark applications.


Dr. Graf specializes in biotechnical and medical patent applications. She has extensive research experience in the fields of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics, including clinical diagnostics.


Oregon Health & Science University
Senior Research Assistant, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics | 2003 – 2005
Developed and implemented clinical diagnostic tests for human genetic diseases utilizing technologies such as denaturing high performance liquid chromatography, real-time PCR, and direct sequencing.

Research Assistant, Department of Endocrinology | 2000 – 2003
Participated in basic research studies in genetics of congenital heart disease, including human genetic analysis, biochemical studies of heart protein CRELD1, and analysis of CRELD1 knockout mouse line.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Research Associate, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (post-doctoral fellow) | 1996 – 1999
Involved in basic research on genetics of retinal degeneration, including creation and analysis of knockout mouse lines, mutation screening in human subjects with retinal degeneration, and biochemical studies of retinal guanylyl cyclase activity.

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Cell Biology | 1991 – 1996
Participated in basic research on biochemical function of dopamine receptors, focused on signal transduction activity of the dopamine D2 and D3 receptors. Extensive experience in biochemical assays of second messenger signaling in cultured cell lines.

  • Member, Legal Employer Engagement Committee, Convocation on Equality, Oregon State Bar, 2010 – 2013
  • Member, Association of University Technology Managers
  • Mentor, Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law
  • Graf, Susan Walmsley, “Improving Patent Quality Through Identification of Relevant Prior Art: Approaches to Increase Information Flow to the Patent Office”, 11 Lewis & Clark Law Review 495 (2007).
  • Robinson, S.W., Morris, C.D., Goldmuntz, E., Reller, M.D., Jones, M.A., Steiner, R.D., and Maslen, C.L. Missense mutations in CRELD1 are associated with cardiac atrioventricular septal defects. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 72:1047-1052 (2003).
  • Robinson, S. W., Dinulescu, D. M., and Cone, R. D. Genetic models of obesity and energy balance in the mouse. Ann. Rev. Genet. 34:687-745 (2000).
  • Robinson, S. W. and Garbers, D. L. Genetic models to study guanylyl cyclase function. Meth. Enzymol. 316:558-564 (2000).
  • Yang, R.-B., Robinson, S. W., Xiong, W.-H., Yau, K.-W., Birch, D. G., and Garbers, D. L. Disruption of a retinal guanylyl cyclase gene leads to cone-specific dystrophy and paradoxical rod behavior. J. Neurosci. 19:5889-5897 (1999).
  • Robinson, S. W. and Caron, M. G. Selective inhibition of adenylyl cyclase type V by the dopamine D3 receptor. Mol. Pharmacol. 52:508-514 (1997).
  • Robinson, S. W. and Caron, M. G. Chimeric D2/D3 dopamine receptors efficiently inhibit adenylyl cyclase in HEK 293 cells. J. Neurochem. 67:212-219 (1996).
  • Robinson, S. W., Jarvie, K. R., and Caron, M. G. High affinity agonist binding to the dopamine D3 receptor: chimeric receptors delineate a role for intracellular domains. Mol. Pharmacol. 46:352-356 (1994).