Science IP Team

Backed by more than 240 years of experience, the Science IP team of search professionals is available and ready to help you find and analyze the information you need to make informed business decisions.

Search Experts

Professional Staff​

 Search Expert Biographies

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Elaine Cheeseman, Ph.D.
Elaine is a Senior Searcher on the Science IP team, specializing in searches of chemistry, biomedicine and pharmaceutical information, including exemplified and Markush structures, in patent and non-patent literature.

Elaine holds a Doctorate in organic chemistry from the City University of New York and conducted postdoctoral research at Temple University. She joined CAS in 2007 after spending 15 years at GlaxoSmithKline (formerly SmithKline Beecham) as a Principal Information Analyst where she searched and analyzed chemical prior art and researched chemical and biomedical topics for scientists and patent attorneys.

Elaine is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and the Chemical Information (CINF) division, the Chemistry & the Law (CHAL) division, and her local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She frequently contributes Science IP columns to the monthly STNews newsletter and has presented on a number of search-related topics at ACS National Meetings in the CHAL division.

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Anne Marie Clark, Ph.D.
Anne Marie rejoined CAS as a member of the Science IP team in 2015. Her particular subject expertise is small molecules, sequences and formulations, and she is skilled in patent searching, analysis and landscaping, and competitive benchmarking.

Anne Marie holds a Doctorate in biophysical chemistry from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining CAS, she was a Principle at Long Eaton LLC, where she searched and analyzed patents, scientific literature and business information related to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as organic chemistry. Anne Marie was also an Intellectual Property Manager and Principle Scientist at Bausch & Lomb and an Information Scientist and Associate Director in Information Management at Pfizer.

Anne Marie is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), Licensing Executive Society (LES), Women in Bio, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL).

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Ken Cutshall
Ken is a Senior Searcher, bringing more than 23 years of search experience to the Science IP team, where he focuses on polymers and electrochemical storage.

Ken earned a Master of Science in library and information science, specializing in chemical information, and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Before becoming a member of the Science IP team in 2008, Ken worked at EnerDel, Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg Company and Sandia National Laboratories.

Ken is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).

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Kenneth L. Hoppe
Ken became a Senior Searcher with the Science IP team in 2007 and specializes in biological and sequence search and analysis in support of patentability, freedom to operate, validity, infringement and due diligence activities.

Ken earned a Master of Science in biology from Oklahoma State University. His previous work includes serving as a Patent Information Scientist and conducting molecular biology research in support of drug discovery at Pfizer, as well performing scientific research at numerous academic molecular biology research laboratories at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital Boston and the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Department of Biochemistry. 

Ken is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and has co-authored numerous pieces in peer-reviewed publications.

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Peter L. Mattei III
As a Senior Searcher with the Science IP team, Peter contributes more than 23 years of experience in searching scientific, chemical and patent information. His particular area of research interest is organic synthesis as it applies to medicinal chemistry.

Peter earned a Master of Science in organic chemistry from Temple University. Prior to joining the Science IP team in 2007, Peter worked as a chemist and information specialist at DuPont and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Peter also has over 20 years of teaching experience as an adjunct chemistry professor.

Peter is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Michael D. Mullican, Ph.D
Mike is a Senior Scientist with the Science IP team, where his expertise in searching exemplified and Markush chemical structures, reactions and physical properties supports strategic intellectual property and business decisions.

Mike is a registered patent agent and holds a Doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Kansas. He has co-authored more than 20 articles in peer reviewed publications and is an inventor on more than 35 granted patents. Before joining the Science IP team in 2005, he spent 18 years as a medicinal chemist at both large and small pharmaceutical companies.

Mike is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He is also a member of the Chemistry and the Law (CHAL), Organic Chemistry (ORG), Medicinal Chemistry (MEDI) and Chemical Information (CINF) divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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David S. Saari, Ph.D.
David joined the Science IP team in 2005. As a Senior Scientist, he brings more than 40 years of experience in searching exemplified and Markush chemical structures, sequences and biomedical topics in patent and non-patent literature.

David is a registered patent agent and holds a Doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of California. In addition to academic appointments at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Notre Dame, David has worked for Schering-Plough, BASF, Bayer and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

David is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Don Stickel Jr.
Don is a Senior Scientist with the Science IP team, having joined the team as a search coordinator in 1982. He conducts scientific and intellectual property searches related to life sciences and chemistry, including those involving chemical structures.

Don earned a Master of Science in library and information science and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining the Science IP team, he was a librarian at Purdue University where his primary responsibility was performing literature searches for the School of Agriculture and Department of Biology.

Don is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).

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Donald W. Walter, Ph.D.
Don is the newest Science IP researcher, having joined the team in 2016. He is an expert in the Derwent World Patent Index and related resources, and specializes in searches to determine patentability, freedom to operate and validity for small molecule, polymer, pharmaceutical and biosequence patents.

Don received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from New York University. Before joining the Science IP team, he conducted patent research at Thomson Reuters and held key roles within the Thomson Scientific/Derwent training group. He also worked as an Information Searcher and Analyst at Exxon Research and Engineering Co., leveraging his expertise in chemistry, physics, engineering and semiconductors.

Don is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), where he most recently served as the program chair for the PIUG 2015 and 2014 Northeast Meetings. He is also a member of the Chemical Information (CINF) and Chemistry and the Law (CHAL) divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Sharilyn Woods
Sharilyn joined the Science IP team in 2005 and focuses on life sciences and chemistry searches, including those involving chemical structures, in patent and technical literature.

Sharilyn earned a Master of Science in library and information science, specializing in chemical information, and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Indiana University. Before joining the Science IP team, she worked for many years as a chemical information specialist at The Dow Chemical Company.

Sharilyn is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).

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Professional Staff Biographies

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Peter Blasi
Peter leads business development for the Science IP team, introducing clients to the value of Science IP search services and bringing them together with seasoned search professionals to meet their information needs.

Peter has a background in biochemistry and is a registered U.S. patent attorney with professional search experience in chemical, biological, and mechanical arts.

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Matthew J. McBride
Matt manages the Science IP team, as well as conducting scientific research on behalf of Science IP clients. He became a member of the team in 2010, after spending six years as a Senior Application Specialist providing STN and SciFinder technical training to CAS customers.

Matt holds a Master of Science degree in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Purdue University. In addition to his research experience at CAS, Matt was an information consultant with Thomson Reuters and a biologist at Rohm and Hass. 

Matt is a member of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Stacy Turner
Stacy supports the Science IP team in an administrative capacity, helping to ensure customers are satisfied with the process as well as the results of their search projects.

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