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USPTO First Action Interview Pilot Program

There are many benefits of filing a patent application with a Request for First Action Interview Pilot Program. First, the program is open to all […]

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Liz Shuster Graduates from ISBA Leadership Development Academy

Woodard, Emhardt partner Liz Shuster was recently honored to be one of twenty-five attorneys graduating from the 2015 class of the Indiana State Bar Association’s […]

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Liz Shuster Elected To Indiana Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy

Liz Shuster was elected by The Indiana State Bar Association to be one of 25 young lawyers to join the 2015 class of its Leadership […]

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Woodard, Emhardt Hosting E-Day for Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program

Woodard, Emhardt is hosting “E-Day” (Evaluation Day) for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program on April 15, 2014. Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program has been nationally ranked […]

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Elizabeth A. Shuster


Liz is the former Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. She is also the co-founder of Indy Attorneys Network section of the Indianapolis Bar Association to promote collegiality between attorneys. Liz is a registered patent attorney and has over 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. Liz enjoys helping clients implement strategies to protect their intellectual property. Liz works with independent inventors and businesses of all sizes including multi-national corporations and looks forward to assisting them grow their intellectual property portfolio.

Before law school, Liz practiced engineering as 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.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    B.S. with Honors, Civil Engineering, 1993
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    M.S., Civil Engineering, 1994
  • Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington
    J.D., 2003

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent Bar, 2002
  • Indiana, 2003

Representative Experience

Representing clients in matters involving all areas of mechanical devices and medical devices. Some 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 Affiliations

Indiana State Bar Association

  • Chair of Intellectual Property Section, 2014
  • CLE Presentation "Duty to Disclose & Inequitable Conduct," 2010
  • Member of Leadership Development Academy Class of 2015

Indianapolis Bar Association

  • Executive Committee for Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2014-present
  • Co-Chair and Co-Founder, Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2013
  • Member of Indianapolis Bar Leader Series 2012-2013

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

  • Member of National and Indianapolis Chapter

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2012 President's Award for Service to the Indianapolis Bar Association