Volume 50, Issue 1
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In August 2019, Todd Gerety joined the law firm of Gesmer Updegrove, LLP as Partner in the IP Group.
David M. Habib Joins Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Life Science Team November 19, 2019, Concord and Boston, MA - Leading intellectual property law firm Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is pleased to announce that David M. Habib has joined the firm as an Associate in the Life Science team. David specializes in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. He has experience preparing and responding to patent and trademark office actions, licensing transactions, and patent issues. Alice Carroll, Principal at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, stated, “We are looking forward to David working with biotech clients, given his background in biochemistry and molecular biology. He adds strength to our seasoned biotech patent attorney team.” David has specific experience in the areas of protein purification, spectroscopy, chromatography, immunoassays, ELISAs, titration, and DNA sequencing. Before joining Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, David was a quality control biochemist at Novavax, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In this position, he executed the prevalidation and validation of new PicoGreen standard operating procedures. He also performed polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), pH analysis, single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) assays, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) on samples of vaccine components to ensure that they complied with quality control standards. David is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he served as a Note Editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Marymount University and an M.S. in Biomedical Science in Biochemistry from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, he was awarded the Academic Excellence Medal for graduating with high honors. Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., is among New England’s largest law firms devoted to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, intellectual property litigation, copyrights, licensing, due diligence, opinions, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling. The firm’s legal staff provides extensive scientific and technical expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, physics, optics, nanotechnology, and electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering.
Verrill Welcomes Patent Attorney Dean Phelps BOSTON, Mass. (November 13, 2019) – Verrill is pleased to welcome patent attorney Dean Phelps to the firm’s Boston office. Phelps 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. About Verrill: Verrill’s deep-rooted history dates back to 1862 with its founder, Byron D. Verrill. Today, Verrill is a full-service law firm with more than 130 attorneys and seven offices throughout the Northeast. The firm’s attorneys provide award-winning client service to businesses and individuals across the country and around the globe in a variety of areas and industries, including construction, energy, food and beverage, health care, higher education, manufacturing, technology, and telecommunications, among others. For more information about the firm and its values, visit www.verrill-law.com.
Oluyinka “Yinka” Green, Ph.D., Joins the Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Team Concord and Boston, MA - Leading intellectual property law firm Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds is pleased to announce that Oluyinka “Yinka” Green, Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), has joined the firm as a Patent Agent. Yinka is a highly skilled chemist with expertise in medicinal chemistry. She has substantial industry experience, particularly in the areas of small-molecule drug discovery research and development. Yinka assists clients with preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of organic and medicinal chemistry. Eric Balicky, Ph.D., Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, stated, “Yinka’s scientific depth and diverse experiences will enhance our chemistry and pharmaceutical team. Her industry experience with leading pharmaceutical companies allows her to provide our clients with a high level of technical expertise in medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis.” Prior to joining the firm, Yinka was a patent agent at Aldeyra Therapeutics, where she worked closely with the company’s inventors and outside patent counsel to manage the company’s intellectual property portfolio. Before beginning her legal career, Yinka held research, consulting, and intellectual property positions at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Concert Pharmaceuticals, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, and Ariad Pharmaceuticals. While at AstraZeneca R&D Boston as a Principal Scientist, Yinka was a research chemist. She was responsible for hit evaluation, lead identification, and optimization of chemical starting points that led to the indentification of a chemical lead series for each of multiple projects that progressed to clinical trials. At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Yinka evaluated the Institute’s chemistry-related invention disclosures for patentability, and drafted, reviewed, and negotiated agreements governing academic research collaborations. Yinka’s educational background includes an M.S. in Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston; a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom, and a B.Sc. in Chemistry (Hons) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., is among New England’s largest law firms devoted to the practice of intellectual property law. The firm specializes in patents, trademarks, intellectual property litigation, copyrights, licensing, due diligence, opinions, trade secrets, and intellectual property counseling. The firm’s legal staff provides extensive scientific and technical expertise in biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, physics, optics, nanotechnology, and electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering. Yinka Green can be reached in our Concord office at 978-341-0036 and via email at oluyinka.green@hbsr.com.
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2019 Ⓒ Boston Patent Law Association
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Message from the President Deirdre Sanders
Members on the Move
Law School Committee Sponsored Event -The Original Sin of Trademark Law: Failure to Function
International & Foreign Practice Committee EPO Presentation
Understanding Foreign Filing License Requirements
The EPO opposition timeline tightens
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The 2019 Invented Here! Awards Event – Announces the Winners!
Message from the Editor-in-Chief
USPTO meets critical goals to reduce patent examination pendency
Annual PCT and Madrid Seminar
Proposed by-law amendment
Notice of Nominations for 2019-2020 BPLA Board of Governors
Officers and Board of Governors
Job listings
Community Calendar