Kenneth D. Sibley

Senior Lecturing Fellow


Kenneth D. Sibley received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Biology and Psychology from Lycoming College in 1979, his Master of Arts in Neurobiology from the University of Rochester in 1982, and his juris doctor degree from Duke University in 1985. He is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where he teaches a lecture course on advanced patent law and a seminar course on patent claim drafting.

Mr. Sibley is a member of the North Carolina Bar, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Sibley is co-author of a forthcoming article in Nature Biotechnology titled “Avoiding the Obvious.”; is an author and editor of The Law and Strategy of Biotechnology Patents, 1994 (Butterworth Heineman), and has authored numerous articles relating to patent law, including "Pursuing Protection in the European Market", SIM News (1992) and "Practical Utility: Evolution Suspended?" IDEA (1992). Sibley, an active member in the North Carolina Bar Association Intellectual Property section, is also an associate member of the Association of University Technology Managers and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has counseled clients in broad areas of pharmaceutical technology and biotechnology, including cloned genes, human gene therapy, transgenic plants, combinatorial chemistry and drug screening systems.

In 1997 Mr. Sibley became a founding partner of Myers Bigel Sibley and Sajovec, a boutique patent firm of 28 lawyers in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2003 Mr. Sibley was named among North Carolina's "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolinamagazine. In 2004 Mr. Sibley was named to North Carolina’s “Legal Elite Hall of Fame,” for patents/intellectual property, by Business North Carolina.