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Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps

November 13, 2019 Press Releases

(November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Dean is the fifth patent attorney to join Verrill in the past nine months as the firm continues to expand its intellectual property practice and build the firm’s presence in Boston.

Phelps has patent prosecution experience in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and material sciences. In addition, he has experience monitoring global patent portfolios, conducting freedom to operate searches, and providing advice on product manufacturing, drug development, automation, and formulation techniques.

Prior to practicing patent law, Phelps was a scientist developing new technologies at two major pharmaceutical companies. In that capacity, he helped to implement new technologies for analysis of small molecules, proteins and alginates, and formulations, ranging from polarized light infra-red and microscopy techniques to computer predications of chemical properties using quantum mechanics and Linux software. He 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.

Phelps received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in protein chemistry, DNA biochemistry, and organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his M.B.A. from North Carolina State University. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the North Carolina Central University School of Law with a focus in intellectual property, global intellectual property, and trademarks.