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

Publication/Podcast

The Regulatory Sprint is Over - What’s at the Finish Line Under the New Stark and AKS Final Rules?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) completed its “Regulatory Sprint” by finalizing changes to regulations pertaining to two federal fraud and abuse laws. On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Medicare...

Blog

DOL Guidance on Missing Pension Plan Participants

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has undertaken a nationwide compliance initiative to ensure that retirement plan participants receive the benefits that they were promised when they reach their retirement age. To that end, the...

Matter

Longroad Energy

Verrill represents Longroad Energy (“Longroad”) on its renewable energy work in Maine. Longroad is a Boston, MA-headquartered renewable energy company that develops and operates wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Verrill has...

News

Verrill Welcomes Attorney Nicholas Anania

(January 18, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorney Nicholas Anania to the firm’s Portland, Maine office. Anania focuses his practice on a broad range of transactions and corporate work, including mergers and...

News

Verrill Ranked in American Bar Association’s Health Law Top 10 in the Northeast

(January 19, 2021) – Verrill was recently ranked third in the American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section's Eighth Annual Top 10 Recognition for the Northeast Region. This is the sixth consecutive year that...

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Finding Teeth in Massachusetts' Prompt Payment Act

In Tocci v. IRIV Partners, LLC, Boston Harbor Industrial Development LLC and Hudson Insurance Co. (November 19, 2020, Sup. Ct. 19-405), the Massachusetts Superior Court granted summary judgment on a contractor’s breach of contract...

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Massachusetts Health Care Bill Makes Several Significant Changes

While you were celebrating the New Year, Governor Baker signed Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2020, an “Act promoting a resilient health care system that puts patients first,” the result of the Legislature’s...

Blog

DOL Guidance on Missing Pension Plan Participants - Part II

On January 18, we published a blog post regarding new Department of Labor (“DOL”) guidance on missing plan participants. That post is available here , and describes the DOL’s guidance on Missing Participants...

Matter

Swift Current Energy

Verrill represents the 100-megawatt Three Rivers Solar Project in Hancock County, Maine. Verrill assists the project with real estate and environmental permitting work, including negotiation of a protocol to allow the project to proceed...

Blog

Reporting Deferred Compensation on Form 990

Tax-exempt organizations often provide deferred compensation to their officers, key employees, and most highly compensated employees. Like current compensation payable to such employees, deferred compensation must be reported annually on Form 990, Schedule J...

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