Shilpa G. Ghurye
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Location Houston
Specialty Intellectual Property, Start-ups, Academia
Admission to Practice Texas, U.S. Southern District of Texas, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Shilpa G. Ghurye

Senior Attorney

Shilpa Ghurye is a Senior Patent Attorney at Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC. She is a USPTO Registered Patent Attorney and has extensive experience in helping private entities, startups, public institutions, and universities in matters related to Intellectual Property Law. Her practice area is focused on patent prosecution and litigation, technology commercialization, and trademark registration. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bombay, India. She also received her Ph.D. in Immunology from UT-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and UT-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2003 and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2011.

Shilpa’s intellectual property experience stems from her previous employment (Adler and Associates and Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC), academia (William Marsh Rice University’s Technology Transfer Office and University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering), and with a government entity (Harris County Attorney’s Office-Hospital District Division (Harris Health System)). Her experience includes identifying patentable subject matter, prosecuting patents within the United States Patent and Trademark Office, filing worldwide patent applications, formulating comprehensive strategies for technology commercialization, and trademark registration and enforcement.

At the University of Houston, Shilpa guest lectured on Intellectual property in the Cullen College of Engineering, hosted a career workshop on Intellectual Property law in collaboration with the UH law center and moderated a seminar on patent filing trends and resources for innovators and entrepreneurs in collaboration with UH law center and the USPTO, and organized a seminar on startup in collaboration with the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. She also participated in the Innovators Network and Innov8 Hub program at the UH Technology Bridge.

Shilpa is on the Advisory Board of the Indian American Cancer Network, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that helps cancer patients in the South Asian community and their caregivers. She also volunteers to grade student briefs for moot court competitions organized by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

In her free time, Shilpa also enjoys performing at various regional cultural events with the Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Dhol Tasha group.

Shilpa Ghurye is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is based in the Houston, Texas office of Kearney, McWilliams & Davis, PLLC.



  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2011
  • Ph.D., Immunology, UT-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and UT-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 2003
  • M.S., Biochemistry, University of Bombay, 1994
  • B.S., Microbiology & Biochemistry, University of Bombay, 1992


  • University of Houston-Cullen College of Engineering Dean’s Office: Industrial Relations and Intellectual Property/Patent Portfolio Manager
  • William Marsh Rice University’s Technology Transfer Office: Patent Portfolio Manager,
  • Kearney, McWilliams, and Davis, PLLC: Of Counsel Patent Attorney, Associate Patent Attorney
  • Harris County Attorney’s Office (Harris Health System): Assistant County Attorney
  • Adler and Associates: Biotechnology Technical Specialist


  • Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Federal
    • U.S. Southern District of Texas


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