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Elizabeth A. Shuster

ELIZABETH SHUSTER is a partner in Taft’s Intellectual Property group. She is a registered patent attorney with more than 10 years of experience providing intellectual property services to individuals and companies of all sizes. Liz has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, consultation with clients to avoid patent infringement, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, intellectual property due diligence and strategic counseling. She enjoys helping clients implement strategies to protect and grow their intellectual property portfolios.

Liz is the former chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. She is also the co-founder of the Indy Attorneys Network Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, which promotes collegiality between attorneys.

Before law school, Liz was a structural engineer, designing various types of bridges nationally and abroad. She designed over 40 bridges and became a registered professional engineer in Illinois in 1996.

Representative Experience

  • Representing clients in matters involving all areas of mechanical devices and medical devices. Example devices include child safety seats, seat belt restraints, fasteners, fastening devices, towing equipment, gaskets, medical devices, biosensors, orthopedic implants, drug delivery devices, catheters, inflatable catheters for drug delivery, catheter hubs, agricultural equipment, cosmetic applicators, cabinets and food packaging, to name a few.
  • Preparing, coordinating, obtaining and managing prosecution of U.S. patents.
  • Preparing, coordinating, obtaining and managing prosecution of foreign patents.
  • Drafting patentability opinions, patent clearance opinions, infringement and non-infringement opinions, and reissue proceedings.
  • Coordinating and obtaining trademarks.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Mentor for Mentor Match, 2016
    • Leadership Development Academy, Class IV, 2015
    • Chair of Intellectual Property Section, 2014
    • CLE Presentation "Duty to Disclose & Inequitable Conduct," 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Membership Value Task Force, 2017-present
    • Executive Committee for Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2014-present
    • Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2013
    • Indianapolis Bar Leader Series, Class X, 2012-2013
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
    • Member of National and Indianapolis Chapter
  • ChIPs Network
    • Member, Indiana ChIPs Planning Committee


  • Recipient, 2012 President’s Award for Service to the Indianapolis Bar Association