Tony Sanny, Ph.D., Partner

Tony Sanny, Ph.D.,


Tony obtains patent protection for clients worldwide in biotechnology, agricultural technologies, and pharmaceuticals.  He also has extensive experience with freedom-to-operate opinions, infringement and validity opinions, due diligence reviews and licensing.

He earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a dissertation based in industrial microbiology.  He is the lead inventor on several patents relating to biofuels production.

Tony has drafted and successfully prosecuted patent applications in all economically significant jurisdictions, in the fields of medical diagnostics, biological therapeutics and small-molecules.  He has a particular focus in agricultural technology, including seed applied technologies, plant variety protection and plant patents.

Prior to working for Swanson & Bratschun, Tony worked on contract for the United States Patent and Trademark Office examining Patent Cooperation Treaty applications.

Previously, he served as General Counsel for a start-up company, negotiating and drafting acquisition agreements, employment agreements, and private stock offerings.


American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Seed Trade Association
Colorado BioScience Association


Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology, with Highest Honors, 2009
University of Colorado School of Law, J.D., 2000
University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, 2000
University of Chicago, B.A., Biological Sciences, with General Honors, 1995


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2003
Illinois State Bar, 2002
Colorado State Bar, 2001