Kiri Lee Sharon is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP.

Kiri counsels clients on intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, defense of infringement allegations, patent validity, due diligence investigations, enforcement, freedom to operate, and litigation. She is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and Electronics Practices and Patent Office Trials Group. She has significant experience with U.S. Patent Office proceedings including ex parte appeals and reissues.

Kiri prepares and prosecutes utility patent applications across a broad range of electromechanical and materials technology areas, including medical devices, automotive systems, and control systems engineering. She has additional experience with printers, battery packaging, anti-counterfeit devices, semiconductor packaging, optics, microscopy, and industrial textiles.

Kiri also has an active design patent practice, including counseling and preparing design patent applications for mobile devices, printing technologies, and consumer goods.

Kiri was previously seconded to a large Japanese company to work with their in-house department on printing technologies.

During law school, Kiri was a judicial intern for the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Foley, Kiri worked as a systems engineer for a large multinational defense corporation, where she performed systems integration. 

Kiri also worked as an undergraduate research fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she investigated curing of inorganic compositions.


Kiri earned her law degree from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. She graduated from the University of Maryland with her M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in history.


Kiri is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.