- Automotive Practice
- Chemical and Material Sciences Practice
- Foreign & PCT Patent Filing
- Utility, Design, and Plant Patent Filing with the USPTO
- Product Clearance
- IP Transactional
- Technology Transfer
- Transfers, Mergers, Acquisitions, Bankruptcies and Securitizations
- Invalidity Opinions
- Non-infringement Opinions
- Patentability Opinions
- Right to Practice Opinions
- Strategic IP Portfolio Development and Management
- Trade Secrets
- Patent Landscaping and Risk Analysis
- Chemical Engineering
- Pharmaceuticals & Pharmaceutical Formulation
- Polymer & Materials Science
- Semiconductor Devices & Processing Methods
- Best Lawyers, 2023
- Top Corporate Counsel, Class of 2015, dbusiness
- Michigan State Bar, 1998
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1994
The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1993
- Order of the Coif
- Law Review
Michigan State University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1988
- Honors College
- Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
- Society of Women Engineers Top Female Engineering Student
- Alumni Distinguished Scholarship
- National Merit
Susan Zerull joined Cantor Colburn after 25 years as in-house counsel at The Dow Chemical Company, Imation, and 3M. Her practice concentrates on patent procurement, developing intellectual property strategies, and complex intellectual property transactions. She brings a pragmatic, business focused, and global view to her practice. Susan’s technical areas of expertise include polymers, electronic materials and devices (including dielectric materials, methods of integrated circuit manufacture, photolithography, chemical mechanical polishing, molecules for organic light emitting diodes), photovoltaics, solar modules, small molecules, chemical formulations, chemical processes, pharmaceuticals (particularly RSMs and APIs), and materials for automotive and transportation applications.
Counsel, Cantor Colburn, 2018-present
Managing Counsel, IP Law, The Dow Chemical Company, 1998-2018
Patent Attorney, Imation, 1996-1998
Patent Attorney, 3M, 1993-1996
Research Engineer, The Dow Chemical Company, 1988-1990
- Best LawyersAugust 18, 2022
Cantor Colburn is proud to announce that the following attorneys are recognized as 2023 Best Lawyers: Michael Cantor Michelle Ciotola Phil Colburn Todd Garabedian, Ph.D. David Rodrigues, Ph.D. Mike Rye and Susan Zerull. Ali Caless is recognized as a 2023 Best Lawyers One to Watch.
- December 3, 2018
Susan M. Zerull, in-house counsel at The Dow Chemical Company for 25 years, joins Cantor Colburn as Counsel in its Detroit office.
- June 14, 2023Boston
The 2023 Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (NERM 2023) will be organized by NESACS and will be hosted at Northeastern University in Boston. An all-star panel from Cantor Colburn LLP will discuss patent protection for innovative products or processes, which excludes others from making and selling the same products or using the same processes, can be critical to the profitability of tech companies. Cantor Colburn LLP is also proud to sponsor this meeting.
- October 11, 2022
Susan Zerull will be a panelist for the webinar "University Technology Transfer and Licensing Agreements" on October 11, 2022 from 1:00-2:30pm EDT, presented by Strafford. This CLE course will guide counsel in drafting university technology transfer and licensing agreements. The panel will discuss key contract clauses and best practices for negotiating the agreements and avoiding pitfalls unique to the university context. Susan is Counsel in the firm's Detroit office. She joined Cantor Colburn after 25 years as in-house counsel at The Dow Chemical Company, Imation, and 3M.
- March 22, 2022San Diego, California
Susan Zerull will speak at the Spring 2022 National Meeting: Bonding through Chemistry on March 22, 2022. Her topic is, "Intellectual Property Strategy as a Critical Component of Investment Protection and Value Creation."
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)