Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. is a Partner in the Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group and is resident in the Boston office.
Deborah assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in both the U.S. and abroad. Her practice is focused on chemical and mechanical arts. She has particular experience with drafting, prosecuting and maintaining patents in the technology fields of metallurgy, superconductors, semiconductors, photovoltatics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase materials, composite materials, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, medical devices and instrumentation, and mechanical engineering.
Deborah has successfully represented clients in patent appeals, patent reissues and re-examination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also has experience with defending and challenging patents in opposition proceedings in Europe.
In addition to handling, and advising clients on, prosecution matters, Deborah advises and prepares for clients patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Deborah also conducts intellectual property due diligence for corporate financing transactions and drafts technology and intellectual property licenses and product development agreements.
Deborah obtained her doctorate degree in material science from Brown University, where she conducted research on thin films and ceramic materials. This research led her to develop novel processing techniques for controlling grain growth during the densification of nanophase ceramic compacts using chemical vapor infiltration.
Deborah was also recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2009 and 2012.