DeAnn F. Smith

Partner - Boston

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DeAnn Smith is a registered US patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience in obtaining worldwide patent protection for pharmaceutical and life sciences clients and advising on matters relating to intellectual property portfolio strategy, including development, implementation and management of intellectual assets. Her areas of technology expertise include immunology, genomics, proteomics, bio-markers and drug development.

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Education:

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • Michigan State University, B.S. in Biochemistry and Chemistry

Professional Experience

  • Honorary Professor, "US Patent Law," Tianjin University Law School (China), Spring 2009
  • Profiled as a member of the University of Michigan's Biosciences Network, University of Michigan Philanthropy Network, October 2010
  • Co-author, Facing ITC Investigation? What Chinese Biotechnology Companies Should Know About Patent Litigation in the United States International Trade Commission, Asia Pacific Biotech News (July 2009)
  • Big Pharma Looks to Generics and Biotech for Growth, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine (September 2008)
  • Biotech's Biggest Blockbusters, Managing Intelletual Property Magazine (June 2008)

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Involvement

  • Massachusetts, Michigan, and American Bar Associations, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Co-Chair of International & Foreign Law Committee (2013-present)
    • Vice Chair of Patent Treaties and International Policy (2012-2013)
    • Vice Chair of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge & Folklore Committee (2010-2012) 
    • Chair and Vice Chair of Biotechnology Committee (2004-2009)
  • Boston Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair (present)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member 
  • Boston Patent Law Association, Member
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Member


  • "Implications and Ramifications for the America Invents Act on Strategic Alliances," LES Boston Chapter, June 2012
  • "The Rubber Hits the Road: Prelitigation Assessment and the Decision to Litigate," MassBio IP Forum, June 2012
  • "Personalized Medicine: Intellectual Property, FDA Regulation and Reimbursement," AUTM Annual Meeting, March 2012 
  • "IP Rights in China: Balancing the Three Ps - Piracy, Politics & Protectionism," MCCA CLE Expo, March 2012
  • AIPLA Delegate at 20th Session of WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Geneva, Switzerland, February 2012
  • "Personalized Medicine: IP, FDA and Reimbursement," LES Boston Chapter, November 2011  
  • "Intellectual Property Year in Review," Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, January 2011 
  • "Section 337 Investigations," 5th International Commercial Law Forum in Shijiazhuang, Chinese Central Government, October 2010
  • "Chemically Complicated: Effective Arguments to Combat "Obvious to Try" Rejections with Respect to Takeda and the Chemical Arts," AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 2010
  • "What You Need to Know Now About ITC Section 337 Investigations," BIO 2010 International Convention, May 2010
  • "Maintaining and Gaining Career Momentum in Spite of the Economic Downturn," American Intellectual Property Law Association, January 2010 
  • Co-Chair, "Intellectual Property Year in Review," Intellectual Property Section of the Boston Bar Association, January 2010
  • "US International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 Investigations: A comprehensive overview and case study of a biotechnology-related investigation before the ITC," Corporate Intellectual Property in China, Shanghai 2010, Beijing 2009 
  • "A Case Study of Biotechnology-Related Action Before the International Trade Commission (ITC)," BIO 2008 International Convention, 2008
  • “Evolving Issues in the Written Description Requirement,” Practicing Law Institute, Preparing Patent Legal Opinions, 2006, 2005, 2004
  • Co-Chairperson of the AIPLA “Advanced Chemical and Biotechnology Patent Practice Seminar,” Seattle, St. Louis, Delaware, 2004
  • Lectured on numerous topics relating to biotechnology patent law for the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Association of University Technology Managers, the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals, as well as various private groups
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent Trademark Office (Agency)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit