Nicole Shanahan is an American entrepreneur, attorney, patent professional, and the founder and CEO of an integrated patent management platform 'ClearAccessIP.' She is currently a research fellow at 'The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics,' a joint center between the 'Stanford Law School’ and ‘Computer Science.' Shanahan is married to 'Google' co-founder Sergey Brin and has a daughter with him. Her experience of struggling to conceive led her to collaborate with the 'Buck Institute for Research on Aging' to form 'Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality,' a revolutionary platform for women who can't conceive naturally. She, along with her other entrepreneurial venture, 'Bia-Echo Foundation' recently, announced a 'Global Consortium' for the platform. Apart from advocating criminal justice reform and patenting reforms, Shanahan works upon improving marriage contracts to promote healthy domestic partnerships.
Shanahan holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in Asian studies and minors in economics, and Mandarin Chinese from the 'University of Puget Sound' (2003-07). She briefly attended the 'Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2007) to earn a certificate in 'World Trade Organisation' studies.
In between, Shanahan interned at 'Georgopolous and Economidis' in 2006 for less than a year and later at 'Longan Law Firm' as a consultant to the company’s international practice group.
In 2013, Shanahan attended the 'National University of Singapore’ to study global IP trade and Chinese law. She has a Juris Doctor degree in high-technology law, intellectual property, and litigation from 'Santa Clara University School of Law,' where she was an associate and journal editor on the computer and high technology law.
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Shanahan was a patent specialist at 'Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP' in 2009. She joined the law firm 'Rutan & Tucker, LLP' in Costa Mesa, Orange County, as an IP paralegal and database specialist (March 2009 – April 2010).
Shanahan joined the start-up phase of the financial service provider company 'RPX Corporation' in March 2010 and worked briefly there as a patent specialist. With 'PDB Patent Data,' she worked independently with several start-up companies to help them optimize their patent data efforts.
Shanahan established the automated patent management and valuation company 'ClearAccessIP' in January 2013 and has been the CEO since then. She developed the idea of the entrepreneurial venture over four years while she was working for several law firms and later a licensing company. She worked upon building an excellent technical team while in law school, which finally gave her idea a structure.
In April 2014, the 'American Bar Association’ journal featured Shanahan in their cover story, 'Self Starters: Women Are Squarely in the Picture Where Law and Technology Combine.' That month, she launched the first live beta of 'Zero-Touch Patent Docketing' service to serve the patent trial attorneys and in-house patent management groups. The start-up led to the formation of Shanahan’s first company.
Shanahan has been a residential research fellow at 'The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics' from July 2014 to present. She is working on the 'CodeX'-related research projects, such as the 'Stanford OpenData Initiative' and developing solutions to legal and social problems. Shanahan led to the partnership between 'CodeX' and the San Francisco District Attorney Office to contribute to the data analysis of the latter’s blue-ribbon 'Task Force Investigating Police Misconduct' project. She is working on the project titled 'Smart Prosecution' and formulating an economic theory of 'Coasean Mapping' to foretell the movement and nature of legal artificial intelligence.
Shanahan is the founder of the 'Bia-Echo Foundation,' a private foundation that aims to maintain equilibrium in society for future generations to flourish.
Family & Personal Life
In July 2018, Shanahan laid the foundation of 'Center for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality.' 'Sergey Brin Family Foundation' invested around six million dollars to the project. In September 2019, Shanahan’s 'Bia-Echo Foundation' announced a collaboration with the 'Buck Institute' to form the 'Global Consortium' for 'Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality' that will involve world’s top researchers to develop the field of female reproductive aging and find solutions to prevent or delay ovarian aging.
Shanahan married Brin in 2018, after dating for two years. They welcomed a baby girl at the end of 2018.
Brin has two children for his former wife, Anne Wojcicki.
Shanahan has been raised by a single mother in a poor Oakland household. Her mother had emigrated from China. Despite such hardships, Shanahan's mother brought her internet service when she was 11 so she could grow with the burgeoning web world.
Shanahan does a lot of yoga and meditation, and enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, swimming, running, cooking in her spare time.