Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shaw spent 35 years working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He started his career in 1983 as an examiner in the measuring and testing and arithmetic circuits. He also participated in a reclassification project reclassifying the arithmetic circuit arts in 1988. As a primary Examiner Mr. Shaw also was a classroom instructor for the Patent Academy. He became an Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE) in Group 230, now TC 2300.
Mr. Shaw then became a Program and Resources Administrator for the Board of Patent Appeals and Interference (BPAI), now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where he reviewed patent applications to determine if an application was ready for a decision on appeal and assisted people who had questions about the appeal process. In addition, he updated the Board's computer system updating a five station Local Area Network (LAN) to a web based database system, making it easier to for Board staff to enter data. In addition, Mr. Shaw also was a Lecturer at the Patent Academy on PTAB procedure. During his tenure at the Board, Mr. Shaw received a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, an Exceptional Career Award, and a Distinguished Career Award.
Then in 2013 Mr. Shaw joined the Stakeholder Outreach and Patents Ombudsman Office, where he assisted applicants when the normal processing has stalled, helping to get applications back on track. In addition, Mr. Shaw was an Emcee for the AIPLA's Legal Secretaries & Administrators Conference, as well as an Lecturer about the Patents Ombudsman Program. Lastly, Mr. Shaw participated as a facilitator in the USPTO's Strategic Leadership Forum.