Biography

Dean Phelps is an authority on patent prosecution in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and material sciences.

Dean has experience monitoring global patent portfolios, conducting freedom to operate searches, and providing advice on product manufacturing, drug development, automation, and formulation techniques.

Before practicing patent law, Dean was a scientist developing new technologies at two major pharmaceutical companies. Dean helped implement new technologies for analysis of small molecules, proteins and alginates, and formulations. Examples of the new technologies Dean helped implement are polarized light infra-red and microscopy techniques, Raman spectroscopy, particle size and shape analysis, final product defect analysis, and computer predictions of chemical properties using quantum mechanics and Linux software. Dean also has experience with new analytical technologies for small molecules, proteins, polymers, high-throughput chemistry, mass spectrometry, robotics, high-throughput microscopy, vibrational circular dichroism, and optical rotatory dispersion. In 2014, he received the certification to be a USPTO Registered Patent Attorney, #72870.

Dean is a skilled badminton player, and he plays doubles with his wife five hours each week.

Services/Industries

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law  (J.D., cum laude)
    • Intellectual property, global intellectual property, and trademarks
  • North Carolina State University  (M.B.A.)
    • Conflict management, project management, finance, change management, and managing skilled people in high-technology environments
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  (B.S., With Distinction)
    • Protein chemistry, DNA biochemistry, and organic chemistry

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Boston Patent Law Association (2015)

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

PPP: How is Maine Faring?

Originally enacted on March 27, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers loan support and (potentially) loan forgiveness to qualifying small businesses – generally defined as those with not more than 500 employees. According to...

Event

IP & Business Transactional Strategies as Life Science Companies Plan Their U.S. Market Entry

Business law attorney Eugene Ho and IP attorney Beverly Hjorth will be presenting for ACTION Innovation Network members for its webinar series, discussing what life science companies should be thinking about when considering entry...

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

News

Verrill Partner Joins Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, Family Law Committee

Blog

A Chronology of COVID-19 Relief for ERISA Plans

This chronology traces the major ongoing relief provided by legislation, regulatory action, and other agency guidance to assist ERISA plan participants, fiduciaries, and sponsors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through August 10, 2020. Superseded...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. For more...

News

Verrill’s Wide-Ranging Private Wealth Law Practice Recognized in 2020 Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide

(July 20, 2020) – Verrill attorneys Michael Fay, Kurt Klebe, Mary McQuillen, and Jacqueline Rider were recognized in the Chambers High Net Worth 2020 Guide , Chambers and Partners' fifth edition of the publication...

Publication/Podcast

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated: Does Your Company Have a Plan B?

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18...

Blog

Verrill Helps State’s Largest Solar Project Obtain Principal Environmental Permit

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...