DeAnn F. Smith

Partner, Registered Patent Attorney - Boston

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DeAnn Smith is a registered US patent attorney with more than 25 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, management and enforcement of intellectual assets. In the area of intellectual property disputes, DeAnn has been involved in numerous PTAB proceedings and patent infringement matters, including Section 337 actions before the International Trade Commission. She is currently involved in patent inventorship/ownership disputes in the US, Europe and Japan.

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


  • PTAB Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts, Michigan, and American Bar Associations, Member
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • Board of Directors (2017-2020)
    • Harmonization Task Force Member (2016-2017)
    • Co-Chair of International & Foreign Law Committee (2013-2015)
    • 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 Patent Law Association (BPLA), Co-Chair Biotechnology Committee (2017-2019)
  • Boston Bar Association (BBA), Intellectual Property Section, Co-Chair (2014-2016)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member 
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Member 
  • AIPLA Delegate at IP5, Malta, May 2017
  • "PTAB/Hatch-Waxman Parallel Proceedings," BPLA Biotechnology Committee Mock Hearing, September 2017
  • “ITC Section 337 Investigations: An Alternative Battleground,” AIPLA Corporate Practice Committee Webinar, March 2016
  • “Setting Sail in Unchartered Waters: Life Sciences Companies Prepare for Post-Grant Review,” CLE, September 2014
  • “Patentable Subject Matter Meets Divided Infringement,” CLE, June 2014
  • "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 for the Federal Circuit