USF School of Management Faculty Details Cecily O Regan

Cecily O'Regan

Adjunct Faculty


Cecily O’Regan combines legal, academic and business credentials as an entrepreneurial patent professional, with hands-on experience providing strategic, market-focused patent portfolio development and intellectual property advice for clients. She also performs patent due diligence to assess patent portfolios for venture capital investment, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing opportunities.

Prior to joining Shartsis Friese, O’Regan worked for Greenberg Traurig in its Palo Alto office. Prior to working for Greenberg Traurig, O’Regan worked for Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in its Palo Alto office, was Vice President of Legal Affairs for a medical device start-up company in the orthopedic space, and worked in the legal departments of both Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard Company supporting the medical products division.


  • B.S., University of California, Irvine
  • J.D., University of San Francisco
  • LLM, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Prior Experience

  • Patent Attorney at Shartsis Friese

Awards & Distinctions

  • 2015-2016 Kenneth C. Kaufman Charter President Award
    Palo Alto University Rotary Club
    The Kenneth C. Kaufman Charter President Award is given to the club member who is most innovative representing the maverick culture of the club.

  • 2014-2015 Bo Smith Award
    Palo Alto University Rotary Club
    The Bo Smith Award is given to the club member who has blended the club's vision with that of Rotary International.

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, Intellectual Property: Overview and Strategies for Entrepreneurs, 2017

  • Author, "Using GATT-TRIPs to improve Development Opportunities: A Proposal for Central America," Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 7, 2015

  • Author, "Tips for Getting the Most out of a Bootstrapped IP Budget," VentureBeat, October 23, 2009

  • Author, "Is Intellectual Property a Hurdle for Transferring Technology to Developing Countries? If so, How High of a Hurdle?" Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 1, 2009

  • Author, "To Cite or Not to Cite-That is the Question: The Dilemma Faced by U.S. Patent Practitioners in the Wake of McKesson," CIPA Journal, 2008