Fatih Mercan



Fatih Mercan is an Associate with the intellectual property department at Foley & Lardner LLP. He is based in the New York office where he is a member of the Chemical, Biotech & Pharmaceutical Practice Group. Prior to joining Foley, Fatih served as a patent agent where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications, evaluated the patentability of innovations, conducted prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses, and analyzed patent and scientific papers and documents.


  • Recipient, Morton Wasserman Award 2021
  • Recipient, The Wann Family Foundation Award 2021
  • Recipient, Dean’s Award in Excellence in Residential Real Estate Financing 2021
  • Recipient, Michael DeVito Memorial Scholarship, St. John's University School of Law 2019
  • Recipient, Dean’s Award in Excellence in Introduction to Intellectual Property 2019
  • Recipient, Dean’s Award in Excellence in Lawyering 2018
  • Recipient, Dean’s List, St. John's University School of Law 2017-21
  • Recipient, The Dean's Scholarship, St. John's University School of Law 2017
  • Recipient, Intellectual Property Honors Scholarship, St. John's University School of Law 2017
  • Recipient, NYSTAR - CSHL Cancer Gene Discovery and Cancer Biology Fellowship 2014
  • Recipient, Citation awarded by the Nassau County Executive 2013
  • Recipient, The Ambassador Felix Schnyder Discovery Grant, Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation 2013
  • Recipient, American Foundation for Aging Research Fellowship 2006
  • Recipient, Anna Fuller Pre-doctoral Training Fellowship, Yale University 2004

Presentations and Publications

  • Coauthor, “BET Bromodomain Inhibition Suppresses the Function of Hematopoietic Transcription Factors in Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” Molecular Cell (May 12, 2015)
  • Coauthor, “Role of SWI/SNF in acute leukemia maintenance and enhancer-mediated Myc regulation,” Genes & Development (2013)
  • Coauthor, “A Novel Role For SHP-2 In Nutrient-Responsive Control of S6 Kinase 1 Signaling,” Molecular and Cellular Biology (2013)
  • Coauthor, “MAP kinase phosphatase-1 deficiency impairs skeletal muscle regeneration and exacerbates muscular dystrophy,” FASEB Journal (2010)
  • Coauthor, “Analysis of protein tyrosine phosphatases and substrates,” Current Protocols in Molecular Biology Chapter 18, Unit 18-16 (2010)
  • Coauthor, “Role of MKP-1 in osteoclasts and bone homeostasis,” American Journal of Pathology (2009)


  • St. John’s University School of Law (JD, magna cum laude, 2021)
  • Yale University (PhD, 2012)
    • Pharmacology
  • Yale University (MSc, 2006)
    • Pharmacology
  • Bilkent University (BSc, 2004)
    • Molecular Biology and Genetics


  • New York
  • US Patent and Trademark Office