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Verrill Adds to Growing Intellectual Property Practice

September 11, 2019 Press Releases

(September 11) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorneys Lin Hymel and Beverly Hjorth to the firm's Boston office. The newest members of Verrill's rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice, Hymel and Hjorth round out the firm's patent experience in several technical areas including biotechnology, medical devices, materials science, and pharmaceuticals.

The group has grown not only in attorney headcount, but also in the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to serve clients' growing needs.

In addition to Lin Hymel's extensive patent prosecution experience, he also provides opinions, litigation support, and patent strategic advice. He is experienced in patent due diligence and post grant proceedings. He provides his clients – including universities, early stage companies, and large corporations internationally – with efficient and insightful patent drafts and prosecution. Prior to practicing law, Hymel taught biophysics, physiology, and pharmacology in the U.S., Germany, and Austria, and worked in grant review administration at the National Institutes of Health. His legal career extends more than 20 years, working at law firms in Boston and Washington, D.C., in addition to serving as in-house patent attorney at a major biotechnology company. Hymel earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and his bachelor's degree from Tulane University, summa cum laude.

Beverly Hjorth has focused on intellectual property law for her entire professional career. She has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in diverse areas of technology, as well as preparing and prosecuting design patent and trademark applications, and preparing patent infringement and validity studies and opinions. She is a regular author and speaker on intellectual property matters. Prior to practicing law, she served as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hjorth earned her law degree from the Boston University School of Law, magna cum laude, her master's degree from Princeton University, and her bachelor's degree from Lehigh University.

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