Patent agent Dr. Daniel Lewallen brings an extensive background in organic chemistry to every patent in which he is involved. He is valued by firm attorneys and clients alike for his keen understanding of a wide array of chemical compounds and materials, as well as for his positive attitude when overcoming the obstacles associated with the patent process.
Dan advises on and assists firm attorneys and clients with a wide array of patent applications, and assists with patentability opinions.
Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to explain complex information in a way that nonprofessionals can understand are at the center of Dan’s core competencies. Analytical by nature, Dan is frequently able to translate complicated science into patent applications that are clear and distinguishable. Notably, Dan has worked on patents involving small molecules, therapeutics, chemical biology and materials.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Dan worked as a research associate with the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was a postdoctoral fellow with The Scripps Research Institute. In these positions, Dan focused on developing chemical probes and inhibitors for the Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases, Protein Arginine Deiminases and the AMPylators.
For his graduate work, Dan focused on synthesizing complex carbohydrates for capturing and differentiating pathogens such as the influenza virus and pertussis toxin. In total, Dan’s research has been published in 10 different publications.