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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.

Firm Highlights

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Defended national lighting manufacturer against competitor with patents relating to LED lighting and driver design. Briefed Markman . Also filed successful IPR petitions against asserted patents (each petition instituted on all challenged claims). Case...

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Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended national telecommunications provider in patent dispute involving patents related to standard-essential DSL technology. Developed unenforceability defense as well as defense based on patent troll’s failure to offer fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory royalty rate...

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Defended national lighting manufacturer against non-practicing entity on patents relating to TLED design. Developed early non-infringement positions which resulted in early (and favorable) settlement.

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Patent Litigation: Software

Defended integrated design environment (“IDE”) producer in patent dispute involving patents related to user authentication systems. Briefed and argued Markman . Case settled shortly thereafter on favorable terms.

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Patent Litigation: Telecommunications

Defended regional telecommunications provider against non-practicing entity with patents related to modem design and operation. Developed exhaustion argument based on prior licensing activity. Also successfully opposed non-practicing entity’s motion to consolidate cases under Multi-District...

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Patent Licensing: LED Lighting

Negotiated multiple licenses with large, multi-national, patent holder on behalf of various national lighting manufacturers.

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Federal Trademark Registration

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Patent Litigation: LED Lighting

Represented national lighting manufacturer in Section 337 investigation before the International Trade Commission. Developed early invalidity position, which resulted in early (and favorable) settlement prior to summary determination.

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Patent Litigation: Electronic Health Records

Defended electronic health record (“EHR”) software producer in patent dispute involving a non-practicing entity and patents related to database design and operation. Filed an early motion to dismiss based upon subject matter eligibility under...

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Patent Litigation: Software

Defended semiconductor designer in patent dispute involving patents related to user authentication systems. Briefed and argued Markman . Case settled shortly thereafter on favorable terms.

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