Rosemary Sweeney
Independent Contract Attorney (Not Licensed to Practice in California)

Professional Summary

Rosemary Sweeney has over sixteen years of intellectual property experience in the biotechnology industry.  She has supported biologic therapeutics at various stages of development from early discovery stage to marketed product, and has worked for both established and emerging biotechnology companies. Rosemary has prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications--including ones concerning a variety of inventions including antibodies, antibody formats, fusion proteins, novel genes, cell culture methods, protein purification methods, and medical devices—and has supported foreign post-grant oppositions. She has provided strategic advice regarding portfolio development and lifecycle management, including patentability, freedom to operate, patent landscape, and infringement analyses. In addition, Rosemary has negotiated IP terms of agreements, and has done due diligence and IP analysis in support of licenses or mergers/acquisitions.

Prior to her association with Procopio, Rosemary practiced at Amgen for thirteen years and performed post-doctoral work at the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for fifteen years.


  • JD, University of Washington
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • BA in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Legal Publications

  •  Federal Acknowledgment of Indian Tribes:  Current BIA Interpretations of the Federal Criteria for Acknowledgment with Respect to Several Northwest Tribes,  26 American Indian Law Review 203, 2001-2002.
  • The U.S. Push for Worldwide Patent Protection for Drugs Meets the AIDS Crisis in Thailand:  A Devastating Collision,  9 Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal 445, 2000.
  • Whitson, L., Turbin, R., Scherzer, M., Richardson, C, and Sweeney, R., Advocacy for Women with Breast Cancer,  A Legal Primer, written material for a CLE training entitled Negotiating the Best Legal Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients, American Association Commission on Women in the Profession, July 8, 2000.

Scientific Publications

  •  Fan, Q., Sweeney, R., and Yao, M.-C., Creation and use of antisense ribosomes in Tetrahymena thermophila, Methods in Cell Biology 62:  533-547, 1999.
  • Sweeney, R. and Yao, M.-C., An intragenic suppressor of cold sensitivity identifies potentially interacting bases in the peptidyl transfer center of the Tetrahymena large subunit rRNA, Genetics 149:  937-946, 1998.
  • Sweeney, R., Fan, Q., and Yao, M.-C., Antisense in abundance:  ribosomes as vehicles for antisense RNA, Genetic Engineering 20:  143-151, 1998.
  • Sweeney, R., Ribosomal RNA:  a vehicle for small, functional RNAs, Molecular Psychiatry 2: 12-14, 1997.
  • Sweeney, R., Fan, Q., and Yao, M.-C., Antisense ribosomes:  rRNA as a vehicle for antisense RNAs, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 93:  8518-8523, 1996.
  • Sweeney, R., Chen, L., and Yao, M.-C., An rRNA variable region has an evolutionarily conserved essential role despite sequence divergence,  Mol. Cell. Biol. 14:  4203-4215, 1994.
  • Sweeney, R., Chen, L., and Yao, M.-C., Phenotypic effects of targeted mutations in the small subunit rRNA gene of Tetrahymena, Mol. Cell. Biol. 13:  4814-4825, 1993.
  • Sweeney, R., Yao, C.-H., and Yao, M.-C., A mutation in the large subunit ribosomal RNA gene of Tetrahymena confers anisomycin resistance and cold sensitivity, Genetics 127:  327-334, 1991.
  • Sweeney, R. and Yao, M.-C., Identifying functional regions of rRNA by insertion mutagenesis in Tetrahymena thermophila, EMBO J. 8:  933-938, 1989.
  • Sweeney R. and Zakian, V., Extrachromosomal elements cause a reduced division potential in nib1 strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Genetics 122:  749-757, 1989.
  • Guild, N., Gayle, M., Sweeney, R., Hollingsworth, T., Modeer, T., and Gold, L., Transcriptional activation of bacteriophage T4 middle promoters by the motA protein, J. Mol. Biol. 199:  241-258, 1988.
  • Thomas, G., Sweeney, R., Chang, C., and Noller, H.F., Identification of proteins functionally altered by chemical modification of transfer RNA and polyuridylic acid binding sites of 30S ribosomal subunits, J. Mol. Biol. 95:  91-102, 1975.