McCarter & English Adds Intellectual Property Partner Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. in Boston

April 13, 2012

BOSTON, MA (December 14, 2011) – McCarter & English LLP announced today that it has added Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. as a partner in its growing Intellectual Property/Information Technology group in the firm's Boston office. Her practice focuses on obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights for clients in both the U.S. and abroad. She has a particular expertise in the technology fields of metallurgy, superconductors, semiconductors, photovoltatics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase and composite materials, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, medical devices and instrumentation, and mechanical engineering.

Dr. Vernon counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property law. In particular, she develops company-specific patent portfolio strategies. She 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 obtaining, defending and challenging patents abroad.

"We are very pleased to welcome Deborah to our IP/IT group in Boston," said Burton Winnick, the managing partner of McCarter's Boston office. "Her expertise in the material sciences will add to the depth of counsel we can provide to the wide spectrum of clients we service in the office."

Elizabeth Hanley, a practice leader of the firm's IP/IT group, commented: "Deborah's scientific background coupled with her extensive legal experience will offer great insight to IP/IT challenges that we are faced with everyday. She will be a great addition to our growing and diverse group of experts. We look forward to working closely with her to continue providing high quality service to our clients."

In addition to advising clients on patent portfolio matters, Dr. Vernon conducts intellectual property due diligence in connection with corporate transactions and drafts technology licenses and agreements to further clients' intellectual property holdings.

"Joining McCarter provides me with a wider platform to build my practice," said Dr. Vernon. "McCarter's rapidly expanding IP/IT group is a testament to its vision and leadership in the complex and changing area of intellectual property law. I am thrilled to be a part of the large group of fellow scientists and excellent lawyers at the firm with whom I can consult and share ideas in a working environment."

Dr. Vernon earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Trinity College, her M.S. and Ph.D. in material science from Brown University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk Law School. While at Brown 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.

Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dr. Vernon was recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2009 and 2011.

Dr. Vernon is the 11th partner to join McCarter's IP/IT group in New England since 2009.

About the Intellectual Property/Information Technology Practice
Proliferation of technology and global communication channels has made the protection of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets far more challenging. Increasingly faced with infringement and false advertising by competitors, businesses have turned to the courts to protect their valuable brands and strategic assets. As technology continues to broaden copyright law, McCarter assists clients in identifying and preserving the next generation of copyrightable materials. The firm's lawyers help manage and prepare IP applications and portfolios, build and preserve corporate brands, protect software patents and trade secrets and establish both offensive and defensive strategies.

About McCarter & English
McCarter & English, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com/

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