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

  • Member, Life Sciences Patent Network Connect
  • Boston Patent Law Association (2015)

Firm Highlights

Blog

Attention Portland Employers: Updates on Mask Mandate, Hazard Pay

On Monday, Portland City Councilors took two significant actions that affect employers in Portland, Maine. First, the Council repealed an emergency order from March 2020, eliminating the hazard pay provision set forth in the...

News

Pair of Recent Victories Hearten Counsel for MassHealth Providers

Verrill attorney David G. Lazarus was recently mentioned in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article "Pair of Recent Victories Hearten Counsel for MassHealth Providers." The article covers two appellate court decisions regarding the boundaries to...

News

Verrill Welcomes Experienced Trust & Estates, Tax Partner Ruth Mattson

(January 5, 2022) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Ruth Mattson to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. Mattson advises individuals and families on estate...

Blog

Elimination of Good Faith Relief for ACA Reporting

On November 22, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed regulations that codify, among other things, an automatic extension of the deadline for furnishing IRS Forms 1095-C to employees. IRS Forms 1095-C are...

Event

2022 Annual Update Part 1: 2021 Legal Year in Review

Join Verrill for its first session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Series. Verrill attorneys Tawny Alvarez, Scott Connolly, and Emily Coombs Waddell will discuss recent federal, state, and local changes to...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Blog

BREAKING: The Supreme Court Blocks OSHA COVID Vaccine/Testing Rule (NFIB v. OSHA) and Allows the Healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid) Vaccine Rule (Biden v. Missouri) to Take Effect

In NFIB v. OSHA , the Court focused its decision on OSHA’s emergency temporary standards which require the Secretary to show (1) “that employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or...

Publication/Podcast

Federal Vaccine Mandates: How to Respond to Ever-Changing Court Rulings

OSHA’s ETS, CMS’s Mandate, Federal Contractor Mandates, each of these federal vaccine policies have experienced legal challenges over the course of the last two months. On January 11, 2022, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez on...

Publication/Podcast

Courts Expand on Rules Regarding the Protection of Retirement Plan Assets

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

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